Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 429,200
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: $1.23 (5/23/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 10C MS obverse 1859 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The discontinuance of Director Snowden's policy of buying silver bullion and paying for it with silver coins is evident in the much smaller mintage of dimes this year. Henceforth, subsidiary silver coins would be paid out only in exchange for gold so as to prevent the redundancies that riled banks and businesses over the previous several years.

The 1859 dime is slightly scarce across all circulated grades, but there seems to be a fair number of Mint State survivors. Some of these, however, are weakly struck at Liberty's head and the bow knot.

One nice variety features a misplaced numeral within Liberty's skirt to the right of the ribbon edge. It appears to be the bottom of an 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1859 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 18.00 23.00 29.00 70.00 165 180 215 250 330 420 600 1125 2850 4050 7500 22500 - -
$ 77.00 185 202 235 275 360 460 660 1225 3100 4500 8750 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/1994 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Sale #112, 112/Lot# 6816 $5,940.00
2/13/1999 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #196, 196/Lot# 139 $605.00
10/24/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 708 $3,450.00
3/29/2009 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2672, 2672/Lot# 1401 $437.00
3/25/2012 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43176 $30.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3077 $1,997.50
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1241 $3,200.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7551 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637294119272295539575653725820874102112711821293634674565713877699997
606679102170280376551601677757838923110414542193311338335423734885120
000000376551601677757838923110414542193311338335423734800
000000458563627701788856972118816382564329041996280755900
1859 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base132374594163285392482537613661719870113815962682331542399174146931
113339611172033204225005626296807699591290195828933623588411013146930
000000320422500562629680769959129019582893362358841101300
0000003564525185876456998191048144323203104393175291285300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3747
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
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