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: $1.23 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 442
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
11/1/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3142
11/1/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4081

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/9/2005 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1999, 1999/Lot# 1311 $1,375.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1071 $690.00
7/31/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 98, 103/Lot# 382 $701.50
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 801 $2,990.00
12/2/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7658 $575.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1014 $362.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24412 $414.78
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 95293 $528.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14700 $675.63

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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