Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.50 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 SMALL DATE 10C MS obverse 1856 SMALL DATE 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Small Date logotype was a radical departure from the Large Date also used for Philadelphia Mint dimes in 1856. This same punch was used for all New Orleans and San Francisco Mint dimes, and it is smaller than the punch used for all mints the next couple of years.

1856 Small Date dimes comprise the majority of this issue's mintage, and they are common across all circulated grades. Mint State pieces are more elusive, but even gems are available.

A nice doubled-die obverse variety is known, along with at least two each of misplaced dates and repunched dates. Two of these varieties are featured within Gerry Fortin's Top 100 and are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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9/10/1993 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions NGC East Coast Expo Bullet Sale #114, 114/Lot# 192 $3,575.00
6/29/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 5361 $862.50
12/25/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 439, 445/Lot# 7303 $776.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1339 $4,406.25
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8219 $910.63
11/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8326 $141.00
12/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3407, 3407/Lot# 1792 $160.00
2/2/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 155086 $126.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 SMALL DATE 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1283237459822733642347755159765379310441472252548868078134162236637414
10293339621412633654415015666156998761186182333125950985716399273820
000000263365441501566615699876118618233312595098571639900
0000002993944595265816347469601329217440997014116361938200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1044
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 551
Owner: Jamie in AZ
 
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