Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,395,500
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: $1.13 (12/25/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 10C MS obverse 1872 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the USA began to pay off its war debts by redeeming its bonds in gold, the value of paper currency rose to the point at which the Treasury anticipated parity with silver coin at any time. With that in mind the minting of silver rose dramatically in 1872. The move proved to be premature, as financial conditions the following year delayed this parity until 1875.

1872(P) dimes are more plentiful across all grades than Philadelphia Mint dimes of the preceding 10 years. Some suffer from the typical weakness at Liberty's head and the bow knot, but enough examples have survived that collectors can simply step around these less desirable pieces.

Some 17 die marriages have been recorded for 1872(P) dimes, and among these are several obverses having obvious die punching errors and oddities. Also highly sought is a very dramatic doubled-die reverse in which the second impression was made almost completely inverted with respect to the first.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1872 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 13.00 15.00 18.00 25.00 43.00 43.00 100.00 110 130 170 185 200 225 360 725 1700 3750 10500 18500 - -
$ 48.00 110 120 145 185 205 220 250 400 800 1900 4250 11500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 83
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/3/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 5985 $747.50
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 561 $11,500.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 8087 $552.00
7/26/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3108, 3108/Lot# 1063 $68.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10314 $178.25
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30382 $381.88
9/7/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 194041 $110.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1283237456314322026529533936639545052711591609258538176882112541
10293339518916823527530934837541347573713091934299548388339112540
0000001682352753093483754134757371309193429954838833900
0000001942502853243573854315019481459225934065860979600
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6882
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 527
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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