Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,053,115
Catalog: KM-63.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.33 (5/23/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 10C MS obverse 1839 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue was produced in quantity, and examples are plentiful across all circulated grades. Mint State are not especially rare, though the number of gems falls short of those for 1837 and 1838 Philadelphia Mint dimes. As the novelty of this coin type had worn off by 1839, examples have survived unworn by mere chance.

Most 1839 dime are well struck, though a few may show slight weakness in the shield, as this was the deepest part of the obverse die cavity. Blurred or incomplete denticles are sometimes seen, but these are more the result of die erosion than striking weakness.

Mostly minor varieties are known for the 1839 dime, including slight repunching of numerals 39. Fortin's F-105c with its obverse die shattered in a pie wedge pattern is extremely popular.


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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1839 10C MS
Base $ 18.00 23.00 30.00 38.00 145 250 285 330 370 460 675 925 1400 3100 5900 12500 20000 - -
$ 160 275 310 360 400 500 750 1025 1600 3400 7000 15000 -

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Total Graded: 225
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 193 $770.00
8/7/1996 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0865, 865/Lot# 1240 $130.80
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2589 $805.00
9/23/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131240/Lot# 26931 $152.75
10/7/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77441 $204.72
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1330 $2,467.50
12/5/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7504 $397.15
1/19/2014 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 787, 796/Lot# 10292 $250.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5571 $158.63

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