Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,377,700
Catalog: KM-105
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 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was coined in large numbers, as it was anticipated that federal paper currency would shortly achieve value parity with silver coins. This did not come to pass for another couple of years, but the new issue of dimes featured opposed arrowheads to signify a very slight increase in weight. This was done in a nod to the Metric System, adoption of which was considered during the 1870s.

1873 Arrows Dimes are surprisingly scarce in Mint State for an issue of more than two million pieces. Gems are especially prized for their status as two-year-only type coins.

Gerry Fortin recorded 24 die marriages, all but one of these being unique uses of each die. Only Obverse 11 appears to have been paired with two reverse dies. The most collectable variety is doubled-die obverse F-103/FS-101.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 65.00 140 140 290 315 330 375 450 525 615 940 1800 4050 8250 - - - -
$ 155 325 335 355 400 500 575 665 1050 2000 4400 11250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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4/14/2000 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara April Bullet Sale #221, 221/Lot# 131 $1,207.50
12/19/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210124/Lot# 26620 $126.50
4/27/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3291 $1,265.00
1/1/2012 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3199, 3199/Lot# 1361 $69.00
3/11/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 35082 $15.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1752 $3,466.25
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 292 $80.00
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7462 $329.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12837541433365026427297838609089661124136320643080624110047111
1031428320739154867174780887692710181203159624024133750910047110
00000054867174780887692710181203159624024133750910047100
00000059570076583489294610711283183027415187877810047100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2064
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1363
Owner: Keith A Dagen
 
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