Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,931,500
Catalog: KM-63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.59 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 10C MS obverse 1850 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

By 1850 the effects of the California Gold Rush were being felt in the falling price of gold as measured against silver. This made the nation's silver coins worth slightly more than face, which led to hoarding and some exportation as bullion.

The 1850 Philadelphia Mint dime reflects this trend in that a higher than usual percentage of Mint State pieces is known. Some of these are from a hoard that surfaced in the 1970s. Most examples are reasonably well struck, but the coin illustrated shows obvious weakness within the wreath and the stars at right.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1850 10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 18.00 24.00 30.00 85.00 85.00 155 160 205 240 290 350 460 685 1525 7000 17000 - - - -
$ 95.00 170 180 230 265 320 385 500 750 1840 8000 20700 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 584 $247.25
6/12/2011 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3082, 3082/Lot# 1322 $97.75
1/22/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131205/Lot# 27177 $69.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3332 $862.50
3/11/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 35096 $21.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14285 $445.33
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6954 $512.30


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