Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,377,700
Catalog: KM-105
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.22 (5/28/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue was coined in large numbers, as it was anticipated that federal paper currency would shortly achieve value parity with silver coins. This did not come to pass for another couple of years, but the new issue of dimes featured opposed arrowheads to signify a very slight increase in weight. This was done in a nod to the Metric System, adoption of which was considered during the 1870s.

1873 Arrows Dimes are surprisingly scarce in Mint State for an issue of more than two million pieces. Gems are especially prized for their status as two-year-only type coins.

Gerry Fortin recorded 24 die marriages, all but one of these being unique uses of each die. Only Obverse 11 appears to have been paired with two reverse dies. The most collectable variety is doubled-die obverse F-103/FS-101.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 65.00 140 290 315 330 375 525 615 940 1800 4150 10500 - - - -
$ 155 325 335 355 400 575 665 1050 2000 4800 12500 - -

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Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/22/1997 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions February 1997 Long Beach Bullet Sale #167, 167/Lot# 285 $4,785.00
5/26/2004 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1888, 1888/Lot# 1169 $264.00
11/26/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 198, 204/Lot# 48 $161.00
11/29/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60339 $1,150.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7811 $305.50
1/19/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165300 $69.30
6/16/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20188 $129.25
2/8/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131507/Lot# 25138 $258.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2064
Owner: jacmitch
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1363
Owner: Keith A Dagen
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