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Dime sells for $1.6 million. Rare mint. 139 years old.

Dime sells for $1.6 million at auction to anonymous buyer. The 1873-CC 'No Arrows' Liberty Seated dime was part of a collection of US coins minted in Carson City, which sold for $10 million.

By Associated Press / August 11, 2012

An 1873 dime from Carson City, Nev., is displayed on Friday, in Philadelphia. Although the dime sells for $1.6 million ($1.84 million with fees), the identity of the buyer is unknown.

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A dime made in 1873 sold for $1.6 million at auction.

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An anonymous bidder won the pristine coin, said Chris Napolitano, president of Stack's Bowers Galleries, which auctioned it during an American Numismatic Association convention. With a 15 percent buyer's fee tacked on, the final price for the coin was $1.84 million, he said.

The rare coin was minted in Carson City, Nevada, during a one-day run of dimes.

"Generally speaking, in the coin auction business, you might get a couple of people fighting each other" as they bid, he said Friday. "On this one, we had four or five buyers over a million dollars. We had a fair amount of buyers pursuing it."

The 1873-CC "No Arrows" Liberty Seated dime was auctioned Thursday night. It's part of the Battle Born Collection, which contained one of every coin struck in Carson City before the mint there closed in 1893.

In addition to the dime selling for $1.6 million, another 110 pieces were auctioned off Thursday night, fetching a total of nearly $10 million.

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