Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 429,200
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: $1.42 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 10C MS obverse 1859 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The discontinuance of Director Snowden's policy of buying silver bullion and paying for it with silver coins is evident in the much smaller mintage of dimes this year. Henceforth, subsidiary silver coins would be paid out only in exchange for gold so as to prevent the redundancies that riled banks and businesses over the previous several years.

The 1859 dime is slightly scarce across all circulated grades, but there seems to be a fair number of Mint State survivors. Some of these, however, are weakly struck at Liberty's head and the bow knot.

One nice variety features a misplaced numeral within Liberty's skirt to the right of the ribbon edge. It appears to be the bottom of an 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1859 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 18.00 23.00 29.00 70.00 70.00 165 180 215 250 300 330 420 600 1125 2850 4050 7500 22500 - -
$ 77.00 185 202 235 275 330 360 460 660 1225 3100 4500 8750 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 138
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/1995 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #131, 131/Lot# 135 $4,840.00
3/29/2009 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2672, 2672/Lot# 1401 $437.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 88140 $192.50
2/7/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7645 $182.13
6/23/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131327/Lot# 26544 $158.63
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3077 $1,997.50
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1241 $3,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128323781143255351431482553597653793104414722501310339848721140491
102933511011802873774485055676156998761186181527013396556310497140490
000000287377448505567615699876118618152701339655631049700
000000319404465529582634746960132921582902369071421227300
1859 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base132374594163285392482537613661719870113815962682331542399174146931
113339611172033204225005626296807699591290195828933623588411013146930
000000320422500562629680769959129019582893362358841101300
0000003564525185876456998191048144323203104393175291285300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3747
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
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