Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,677,200
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.42 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 10C MS obverse 1878 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With the price of silver steadily falling, millions of old silver coins returned to circulation from overseas and domestic hoards beginning in 1876. The frantic pace of minting new pieces sputtered to a near stop in 1878, and the 1878(P) dime is thus not comparable in rarity to those of the preceding three years.

This issue is somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State. Gems are quite elusive. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Reverses were used, coins displaying the former being very scarce. Gerry Fortin records four Type 1 die marriages and ten Type 2 marriages. These varieties, however, appear to be of interest only to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1878 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.00 20.00 26.00 41.00 41.00 80.00 90.00 105 130 145 190 250 330 475 925 2400 7500 - - -
$ 45.00 88.00 98.00 115 145 160 210 275 360 520 1025 2650 8250 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 81
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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5/20/2003 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23054, 23054/Lot# 11227 $65.55
11/17/2003 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1807, 1807/Lot# 1212 $220.00
8/8/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 543 $1,380.00
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 570 $805.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7372 $402.50
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7869 $138.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 68   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3080 $23,000.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8242 $381.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128323745631432202723043513814094635271066145018433365578593541
1029333951891682372823193613904274847061194158123504171697493540
0000001682372823193613904274847061194158123504171697400
0000001942542933353713994455058861322171228574978816400
1878 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3323741547215924129533037840943949756511311531194135186788111901
123338456010118625930634638841945851975312641667246646088255111900
0000001862593063463884194585197531264166724664608825500
0000002132773183623984294775429421397180429925698972200
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Grade: MS 67*
Points: 4171
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1450
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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