Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,026,500
Catalog: KM-63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.13 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 10C MS obverse 1851 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Due to the rising price of silver after 1849, most 1851 dimes failed to circulate extensively at the time. Some were hoarded for their bullion value, probably accounting for the Mint State survivors, while others were shipped overseas where they either circulated locally or were melted for their bullion value.

One obverse die features both a repunched date and a misplaced date. This die, when in its early die state and paired with a rusted reverse, is a Top 100 variety.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2015

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1851 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 26.00 55.00 150 170 210 245 400 650 950 2300 5100 8250 18500 - - -
$ 70.00 - 190 230 265 440 700 1250 2750 5500 - - -

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Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/12/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 434 $2,530.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 94 $437.00
7/5/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2714, 2714/Lot# 1498 $80.50
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1186/Lot# 4425 $20,562.50
7/21/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 93 $170.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1740 $1,468.75
1/5/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22825 $90.00
4/6/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131415/Lot# 28546 $48.00
5/12/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98228 $8,225.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 10C MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1658
Owner: Gerry Fortin
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1333
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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