Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.51 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 10C PF obverse 1879 10C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of the effects of reinstating specie payments and returning silver to active circulation in the mid to late 1870s was the sudden return of massive quantities of U.S. coins to the country. These silver coins had been exported after specie payments were suspended early in the Civil War. Since the Mint had its hands full distributing these coins, as well as churning out vast quantities of the new Morgan Dollar, Seated Dime production was fewer 50,000 coins each year from 1879-1881. Furthermore, no coins of this denomination were struck at the branch mints until the San Francisco facility returned to the fray in 1884.

The 1879 was produced to the extent of just 14,000 business strikes and 1,100 proofs. While Dimes of this date are more common than these mintage figures might suggest, they are immensely popular among specialists. The proof delivery is also a noteworthy condition rarity in the highest grades.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1879 10C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 325 370 490 675 965 1600 1950 4150 - - -
$ - - - - - 350 410 535 750 1075 1700 2150 4550 -
1879 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1025 1750 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 825 1175 1850 2300 - -
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 296
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/8/2014 PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 8 ANA World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction - Chicago Session(1), 3033/Lot# 23375


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12/21/2005 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 2135, 2135/Lot# 1252 $504.00
1/15/2006 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2145, 2145/Lot# 1107 $1,960.00
2/14/2007 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2929 $862.50
11/8/2007 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 193, 199/Lot# 5072 $517.50
1/29/2012 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2427 $718.75
7/27/2013 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30389 $1,017.55
3/21/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11209 $763.75
5/4/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191656 $661.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base586609631655678703727754781807837865941112413631673219724333506381752027338
5936166396626867117367637898178468901002120314661847227527903609427859140
0000007367637898178468901002120314661847227527903609427800
0000007457727988278559151063128315692022235431483713474000
1879 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4774975175375565796006226466706957191001119214501730230225253675398454147612
4835035235435635866076306546787038131064127815431920237629083778446061460
0000006076306546787038131064127815431920237629083778446000
0000006146386626867119071128136416362111245032913881493700
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5445635866076316536787037277527798071085128815581886398427203881421757958100
5505705936156386616867117357617888991152137816672585398431073993474365630
0000006867117357617888991152137816672585398431073993474300
0000006947197437707979921220146817763284398434944105526900
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 3817
Owner: 49er
 
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