Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,580,000
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: $1.41 (8/29/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 10C MS obverse 1857 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The law of 1853 directed that fractional silver coins were to be paid out only in exchange for gold, thus preventing a redundancy of such pieces. Mint Director Snowden, however, wanted to speed the replacement of the old tenor, heavier weight coins, so he permitted depositors of silver bullion to take their payment in fractional silver coins. This action, combined with the Mint's paying over market value for silver, created a rush that resulted in millions of dimes, quarters and halves being produced in excess of the numbers needed for commerce.

This largely accounts for the high mintage of 1857 dimes, which are common today in all grades shy of MS 66. The striking quality of these coins varies considerably, the coin illustrated having an all-too-common weak reverse, but the sheer numbers of survivors provides more fully struck pieces for the discriminating buyer.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1857 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 25.00 55.00 55.00 150 160 190 225 290 310 345 550 1025 2500 4600 - - - -
$ 70.00 165 180 205 250 320 340 375 600 1125 3200 5250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/2/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21520


Auction Prices Realized

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8/31/2008 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68091, 68091/Lot# 61239 $33.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 839 $253.00
2/3/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 996 $1,380.00
3/21/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 568, 575/Lot# 149 $235.75
7/17/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3102, 3102/Lot# 1257 $603.75
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2046 $877.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 172100 $1,381.60
5/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20192 $117.50
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3471 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12832374598227336423477551597653793104414722501300933658344134881
10293339621412633654415015666156998761186181526703127502410058134880
000000263365441501566615699876118618152670312750241005800
000000299394459526581634746960132921582839324666841177300
1857 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3337455411525837847152961166173190011381595268232663991440348475233
31439487416229840949055662768478797912901957287635074128455149750
00000029840949055662768478797912901957287635074128455100
000000338440509583644707843105814422319307137494265469900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3747
Owner: seateddime
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3009
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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