Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 200,000
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: $1.41 (8/20/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 CC 10C MS obverse 1878 CC 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of all fractional silver coins plummeted at Carson City during 1878. Many writers have claimed that this was caused by the demand that millions of silver dollars be coined monthly under the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, but this was not the case. There was simply little or no additional need for fractional silver in 1878 and for the next several years, as pieces that had gone into hiding years earlier returned to circulation in the mid 1870s. It was just a fortunate coincidence for the U. S. Mint that the demand for fractional silver evaporated at the same time as its resources were taxed to the breaking point in coining unwanted silver dollars.

The 1878 CC dime is scarce across all grades and rare in Mint State. A single die pair is known having the Type 1 Reverse, while a second obverse die was paired with three different Type 2 Reverses. Though the Type 1 variety is clearly more rare, the overall scarcity of this date limits the premium that will attach to such coins. One popular variety is F-104, which has a shattered reverse die.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1878 CC 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 245 320 365 415 540 540 750 825 925 1025 1250 1450 1850 2400 2600 4300 11500 20000 - - -
$ 635 800 875 1025 1125 1350 1550 2050 2700 2900 4750 13750 22000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 62
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1081 $1,667.50
11/6/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3167, 3167/Lot# 1844 $360.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5495 $2,760.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5494 $2,070.00
6/30/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 222 $240.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4070 $13,512.50
5/18/2014 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131421/Lot# 20102 $258.50
7/11/2014 NGC VG 10   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5601 $158.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 CC 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1123201295450725820908111312331395149415831707184321612495291044997289104121
41149232346541756849976115312871428152316241752194922722633343954298330104120
00000084997611531287142815231624175219492272263334395429833000
000000878104411931341146115531665179720552383277139696359937100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4499
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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