Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,535,500
Catalog: KM-63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.52 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 10C MS obverse 1852 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

A certain percentage of this issue was likely lost to the melting pot early on, as dimes contained more than ten cents worth of silver in 1852. This was due to a temporary depression in the value of gold, which was abundant at the time due to rich discoveries in California and Australia.

Despite this handicap, the 1852 dime is not especially scarce across most grades. A disproportionately high percentage of the survivors are Mint State or close to it, perhaps due to hoarding associated with their bullion value.

The sole variety of interest features a repunched date. When paired with a cracked reverse it is a Top 100 entry.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1852 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 21.00 30.00 80.00 80.00 155 160 175 235 305 350 440 700 1125 3400 4350 9750 - - -
$ 95.00 170 180 195 255 335 375 480 775 1300 3750 4800 10750 -
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Total Graded: 90
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1074 $833.75
1/4/2009 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #69012, 69012/Lot# 62164 $74.75
3/19/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 349, 355/Lot# 5324 $115.00
6/29/2009 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2712, 2712/Lot# 1308 $50.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10090 $218.50
2/26/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 35097 $16.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30375 $661.53
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 290 $55.00

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