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: $1.06 (8/31/2015)
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: 7/21/2015

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 65.00 140 290 315 330 375 550 625 965 1850 4000 10500 - - - -
$ 155 - - 355 400 - - 1100 2100 4950 15250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 180
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/13/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24043, 24043/Lot# 13250 $223.10
8/20/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 403, 409/Lot# 6268 $218.50
11/7/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7622 $138.00
3/18/2013 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 1465 $33.00
4/7/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131316/Lot# 24585 $66.00
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7609 $340.75
4/13/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186727 $81.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63678111525547751580284787494910661173129016492335350652645577590364528402
64729216232949061181785689998811021212141018782725409253685686608671020
00000061181785689998811021212141018782725409253685686608600
000000706832865924102711371251152921063116467854735794626900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2064
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1363
Owner: Keith A Dagen
 
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