BUYER BEWARE! The coin is back! This is NOT the 1942-Inverted S at GC.
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This coin was listed at GC for maybe almost a year and did not sell. Then the dealer had it at shows for a really long time and could not sell it. Now it is at GC again. I even told the dealer at a show that it was not the variety.
Since this coin is "TIED TOP POP" in the current state, it is taking registry points away from DLH. Another disservice. DLH's example should be a stand alone Top Pop.
This has been listed on Great Collections again and it is STILL NOT THE VARIETY.
PCGS has had this coin in their hands twice and made the mistake twice, blessing it as the variety. PCGS Should buy it back at this point and correct the POPS so someone doesn't get ripped off.
LINK to BAD COIN at GC
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1942-S Mercury Dime FS-501 Inverted Mintmark
Many of us know that there are multiple dates in the 1940s that have Invented S Mintmarks for Mercury Dimes. Only the 1942-S is in the Cherrypickers' Guide and therefore, there is only one blessed by the PCGS Mercury Dimes Complete Variety Registry Set. That's fine.
The Cherrypickers' Guide for this variety has photos of a normal and and Inverted S Mintmark. The inverted example has serifs and the written description even references those serifs in the text. If we look at ALL aka 100% of the examples PCGS Coin Facts has for this variety, we see the following examples.
Below are cropped images from PCGS CoinFacts. They are not my photos and they are not my coins.
And below is the newest example attributed by PCGS as THE FS-501. Anyone, besides me, notice anything different? It is currently for sale and has been for sale for close to a year. I notified the auction house that this coin is in fact AN Inverted S but it is definitely NOT THE FS-501. They humored me, maybe even believed me, and sent it back to PCGS for verification. I just heard back from the auction house that they received the coin back from PCGS who confirmed that the variety is correct after they had it reviewed by multiple variety experts at their Santa Ana location.
Granted, I do not know if all of this information was so eloquently passed along by the auction house to PCGS for this verification in 2021. If this information was not passed along then I could see a person looking at this coin and saying yes, it is different.
It's the only example that doesn't look like all of the others in Coin Facts.
Looking for Top Pop Mercury Dime Varieties & High Grade Mercury Dime Toners.