Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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: $1.16 (12/20/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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Description & Analysis

The figure of 960 proof dimes for 1871 was rather high for the coin market of that time, and it's likely that many remained unsold at the end of the year. Scholar Walter Breen reported that at least some of these were melted in July of 1873, after that year's weight change rendered them obsolete.

Three die marriages are known from three obverse and two reverse dies. One obverse shows clear repunching of numerals 18, and this variety does carry some premium among specialists.

Typical of this period, the overall quality of proof 1871 dimes is below that of those minted in the 1860s. Both Cameo and Ultra Cameo proofs are thus more rare for this date, too.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1871 10C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 330 370 490 675 965 2150 2500 5750 - - -
$ - - - - - 360 410 535 750 1075 2400 2850 6250 -
1871 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 775 1100 2750 4600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 825 1250 3450 5750 14100 -
1871 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 139
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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3/28/2001 PCGS PF AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1421, 1421/Lot# 1141 $174.40
3/19/2007 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 March Dallas, TX Final Session #433, 433/Lot# 7496 $632.50
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2594 $4,255.00
11/29/2012 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8391 $558.13
6/30/2013 PCGS PF 91   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 254 $300.00
4/28/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20181 $720.28
5/12/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20194 $720.28


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111112303575176096537458911103179921243009414157188171
1111111772724105476236837939611335190724193386466665350
0000001772724105476236837939611335190724193386466600
000000115331446357863871484210321567201527143763519200
1871 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111112513865566536997949481168189522333149431959408459
11111118429644258866873084510211410200725383539485967790
00000018429644258866873084510211410200725383539485900
000000116734149962068376289610941652212028433929539900
1871 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111129244262773378388810541294207224333406464363508992
11111119834250366274981894311341553219227573818521272300
00000019834250366274981894311341553219227573818521200
000000119539256569776685399812141812231230814230578100
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3386
Owner: 49er
 
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