Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 847,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.05 (9/5/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 10C MS obverse 1862 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue's mintage doesn't suggest a very common coin, but then 1862 was not a normal year. Banks suspended specie (gold and silver coin) payments in December of 1861. Gold coins were hoarded almost immediately, and silver disappeared from circulation by the spring of '62. As a result of such hoarding, many 1862(P) dimes remained idle in vaults until discovered years later. A fair number of these found their way to collectors, making this issue still common today through the mid grades of Mint State.

All dimes of 1862-91 feature the sharper, Type 2 obverse having six lines visible above the LIBERTY banner. The most desirable variety pairs a repunched date obverse with a gouged reverse.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1862 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 19.00 30.00 55.00 95.00 105 125 140 200 250 425 530 1250 3175 7000 - - -
$ 60.00 - - - 150 - 275 450 600 1500 3750 - -

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Total Graded: 179
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/24/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #25, 29/Lot# 161 $184.00
12/19/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas On Line Session #399, 399/Lot# 7293 $299.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5476 $977.50
2/7/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7647 $998.75
3/11/2013 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1517 $100.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98264 $1,762.50
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1425 $822.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1138
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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