Of Bids and Millions: A 125-year-old dime goes under the hammer for $1.32 million

Auctions happen every day. Expensive possessions get auctioned all over again for even more money and the carousel never stops turning. Some might tag it as boring too; but let’s face it can so much money ever get boring? Like recently, things got a little too exciting over a little thing worth a lot of moolah. Let me elaborate, John Brush, of Virginia Beach, acquired the 125-year-old U.S. silver dime in a public auction at the American Numismatic Association on Thursday night in Chicago. Now you know what the little (and rather old) thing is. The exciting part is the value of this anachronistic and rare dime; it went under the hammer for a monstrous $1.3 million. What makes its rare is it history. The 1894-S Barber Dime (it’s called so after its engraver Charles E. Barber, who designed many coins for US Mints) is one of only 24 that were ever made and nine of the coins are confirmed to still exist.

The coin was purchased by Dell Loy Hansen, who also owns the Real Salt Lake MLS team for a collection that includes an example of every coin ever made by the US Mint from 1792 to the present. John Brush is helping Hansen curate this one-of-a-kind collection.

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