Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,310,000
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.42 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 10C MS obverse 1891 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As both the final year and highest mintage of its type, the 1891(P) dime is very common in all grades, including gems. It is the quintessential type coin for dimes with the Legend Obverse. Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified 35 die marriages, and more may yet be discovered.

Some discrimination will be needed in selecting a desirable example, as this date is also quite subject to weakness at Liberty's head and the bow knot, as seen on the coin illustrated.

With so many dies used, it's not surprising that numerous misplaced or repunched date varieties have been found. Also popular is an obverse die showing clear doubling.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1891 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 25.00 38.00 38.00 78.00 87.00 93.00 120 140 160 185 250 440 850 1200 4000 13500 - -
$ 42.00 85.00 95.00 100.00 130 155 175 210 275 480 940 1375 4400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 915
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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2/10/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0918, 918/Lot# 1204 $218.00
4/8/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23043, 23043/Lot# 11283 $1,006.25
6/2/2005 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5788 $2,012.50
8/4/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 271, 277/Lot# 631 $632.50
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 962 $172.50
6/17/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1855 $4,600.00
9/30/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 74533 $49.00
11/17/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 778, 787/Lot# 290 $72.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12832374563143220265295339366395450502847139317992643499180051
1029333951891682352753093483754134676171029152820803425599580050
0000001682352753093483754134676171029152820803425599500
0000001942502853243573854314847321211166323614208700000
1891 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111123241288320366395426484539903147218952770396258908879
11111411622562983353754054455026601092161321863167460468860
0000001622562983353754054455026601092161321863167460400
0000002012723093503854154645207811282175424783564524700
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Grade: MS 66*
Points: 2080
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1799
Owner: redbird97
 
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