Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,506,900
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.48 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Mint Act of February 12, 1873 raised the weight of the fractional silver pieces very slightly to conform to Metric figures, but some 1-1/2 million dimes were produced at the Philadelphia Mint before this new standard went into effect. The overwhelming majority of these featured the first style of date used that year in which numeral 3 was nearly closed and resembled an 8 upon casual examination.

Despite a fairly generous mintage this issue is rather challenging to locate across all grades. Mint State pieces are scarce, but not truly rare. It's possible that a portion of the mintage was destroyed after the weight standard was revised early in the year, but there is no documentation of this.

Several date repunchings are known, but the only one of interest to non-series specialists is that having a fully repunched date, F-103/FS-301.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 60.00 100.00 115 150 180 210 260 315 425 785 1650 6000 8500 - - -
$ 65.00 110 125 165 200 230 290 345 475 850 1850 7000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 43
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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8/31/2008 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68091, 68091/Lot# 61242 $49.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8231 $282.00
12/9/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131251/Lot# 22721 $23.00
1/13/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94442 $139.81
3/17/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131313/Lot# 28103 $182.13
12/29/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160966 $134.42


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