Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 682,500
Catalog: KM-61
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.10 (11/24/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1837 SEATED 10C MS obverse 1837 SEATED 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Coining of the new Seated Liberty Dime began June 30, 1837 with the striking of a few proofs for presentation. Though the total minted for circulation by year's end was not especially high, this date is fairly common in Mint State. Many were preserved by the public for their novelty. Most unworn survivors are of the Large Date style, as this was the first variety coined and released. The Small Date (photos) is noticeably more scarce in Mint State, though not truly rare.

Unlike the half dime, for which the terms Large Date and Small Date describe differences in font rather than size, the distinctions seen on the dime are ones of both style and size. Minor date repunchings are reported for the Large Date coins, but these are of interest only to series specialists. Gerry Fortin's Top 100 includes two entries for cracked and/or clashed dies.

Most 1837 Seated Liberty Dimes are well struck, with only minor weakness sometimes seen in the shield lines and/or the denticles. Mint State pieces, though plentiful, are in great demand as the only common date of this subtype without stars.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/15/2015

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1837 SEATED 10C MS
Base $ 37.00 50.00 100.00 290 525 725 800 900 1075 1400 1700 2000 4200 8500 15500 46000 - - -
$ 550 - - 950 1125 - - 2350 4750 11250 23000 - -

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Total Graded: 448
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/7/2000 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 6570 $2,530.00
5/28/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5743 $3,565.00
8/26/2009 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2737, 2737/Lot# 1167 $460.00
1/31/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 954 $1,552.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1033 $3,042.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24413 $381.88
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 95293 $528.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 100 $340.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 SEATED 10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4981
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3852
Owner: 49er
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