Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,580,000
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.20 (5/6/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 10C MS obverse 1857 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The law of 1853 directed that fractional silver coins were to be paid out only in exchange for gold, thus preventing a redundancy of such pieces. Mint Director Snowden, however, wanted to speed the replacement of the old tenor, heavier weight coins, so he permitted depositors of silver bullion to take their payment in fractional silver coins. This action, combined with the Mint's paying over market value for silver, created a rush that resulted in millions of dimes, quarters and halves being produced in excess of the numbers needed for commerce.

This largely accounts for the high mintage of 1857 dimes, which are common today in all grades shy of MS 66. The striking quality of these coins varies considerably, the coin illustrated having an all-too-common weak reverse, but the sheer numbers of survivors provides more fully struck pieces for the discriminating buyer.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1857 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 25.00 55.00 150 160 190 225 310 345 550 1025 2500 4600 - - - -
$ 70.00 165 180 205 250 340 375 600 1125 3200 5250 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 313
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 839 $253.00
9/22/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 9023 $241.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2523 $1,380.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3182 $1,351.25
1/7/2013 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3412, 3412/Lot# 1494 $380.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2046 $877.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 833 $1,515.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 172100 $1,381.60
6/1/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24168 $112.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550597210222027250252759767480283890012061730275436753915416745936123
47536382141237349510550623717814859100213812071306137553999430951030
000000349510550623717814859100213812071306137553999430900
000000425519574648759826879110415552413336838354083445100
1857 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3337455411525837847152961166173190011381595268232663991440348475233
31439487416229840949055662768478797912901957287635074128455149750
00000029840949055662768478797912901957287635074128455100
000000338440509583644707843105814422319307137494265469900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3915
Owner: seateddime
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3675
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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