Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,535,500
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: $1.18 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 10C MS obverse 1852 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

A certain percentage of this issue was likely lost to the melting pot early on, as dimes contained more than ten cents worth of silver in 1852. This was due to a temporary depression in the value of gold, which was abundant at the time due to rich discoveries in California and Australia.

Despite this handicap, the 1852 dime is not especially scarce across most grades. A disproportionately high percentage of the survivors are Mint State or close to it, perhaps due to hoarding associated with their bullion value.

The sole variety of interest features a repunched date. When paired with a cracked reverse it is a Top 100 entry.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2015

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1852 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 21.00 30.00 80.00 155 160 175 235 350 440 725 1225 3250 4350 7500 - - -
$ 95.00 - 170 195 255 375 480 850 1800 3450 4800 - -

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Total Graded: 95
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/3/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1217, 1217/Lot# 1140 $2,354.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1074 $833.75
12/3/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 200, 206/Lot# 333 $368.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3427 $3,222.30
12/12/2010 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210123/Lot# 24077 $79.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10301 $488.75
2/26/2012 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 35097 $16.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21174 $141.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7487 $4,700.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 10C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3194
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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