Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,078,010
Catalog: KM-77
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.15 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1853 ARROWS 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After several years of dithering over the falling price of gold which had driven the now-undervalued silver coins from circulation, Congress on February 21, 1853 passed a law lowering the weight of the half dime through half dollar about seven percent. This was enough to permit their free circulation once again, though the silver dollar remained at its old standard, condemning it to be an export issue only for many years.

To distinguish the lower-weight coins and prevent their export or melting, the U. S. Mint placed opposed arrowheads at either side of the date. This mark was retained through 1855, by which time it was assumed that nearly all dimes in circulation were of the new standard. This was a reasonable assertion, as mintages for the new issues were enormous for that time period. The more than 12 million Arrows dimes pumped out by the Philadelphia Mint in 1853 made this date a common sight in circulation for decades and, as late as the 1930s, coin dealers specified in their ads that no such coins were desired by them.

There are countless die marriages for this issue, only one of them being noteworthy for variety features. F-107/FS-301 features a repunched dated and some reverse die cracks.

The 1853 Arrows dime is common across all grades through MS 65, though its status as a short-lived subtype has created a steady demand from type collectors.


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Last Updated: 9/10/2015

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1853 ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.00 22.00 32.00 65.00 165 185 215 270 370 440 650 1075 2100 3850 13000 27500 - -
$ 80.00 - 205 230 300 400 485 750 1175 2900 5500 19000 -

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Total Graded: 878
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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11/1/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1225/Lot# 4085

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4/10/2000 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1294, 1294/Lot# 1306 $261.60
8/28/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21091, 21091/Lot# 1124 $450.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 655 $1,092.50
8/11/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9609 $184.00
6/15/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 808, 817/Lot# 313 $95.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138009 $440.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10018 $8,812.50
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7550 $822.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 ARROWS 10C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2585
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2510
Owner: yuylsworld
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