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: $1.14 (10/10/2015)
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: 7/20/2015

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1857 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 25.00 55.00 150 160 190 225 310 345 575 1000 2550 4250 - - - -
$ 70.00 - 170 205 250 - 375 625 1075 3200 7600 - -

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Total Graded: 320
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/26/1996 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0853, 853/Lot# 1302 $35.97
1/12/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 6121 $4,082.50
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 839 $253.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7950 $489.90
2/28/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2006 $1,322.50
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
9/6/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131537/Lot# 25105 $188.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 10C MS
1857 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3915
Owner: seateddime
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: kathy&barry
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