Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 906,750
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.41 (8/22/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 10C MS obverse 1871 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The trend toward restoration of silver coinage to circulation continued in 1871, as the Philadelphia Mint's production of dimes nearly doubled over 1870. 1871(P) dimes are slightly scarce in the higher circulated grades and become genuinely rare at the gem Mint State level.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified some 14 obverse dies used for this issue, though one of these was restricted to proof strikings. These were paired with 13 reverses for a total of 14 marriages.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1871 10C MS
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Base $ 13.00 17.00 20.00 30.00 65.00 65.00 160 170 190 210 260 285 350 475 975 2000 6250 - - - -
$ 70.00 175 190 210 230 280 310 390 525 1075 2250 7250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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8/12/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0866, 866/Lot# 1303 $119.90
2/12/1999 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 5834 $862.50
5/27/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1044 $833.75
2/14/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210024, 210024/Lot# 26091 $1,380.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1370 $646.30
11/29/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8342 $211.50
12/16/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131252/Lot# 24683 $223.25
6/30/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 199 $35.00


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