Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,506,900
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: $1.15 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Mint Act of February 12, 1873 raised the weight of the fractional silver pieces very slightly to conform to Metric figures, but some 1-1/2 million dimes were produced at the Philadelphia Mint before this new standard went into effect. The overwhelming majority of these featured the first style of date used that year in which numeral 3 was nearly closed and resembled an 8 upon casual examination.

Despite a fairly generous mintage this issue is rather challenging to locate across all grades. Mint State pieces are scarce, but not truly rare. It's possible that a portion of the mintage was destroyed after the weight standard was revised early in the year, but there is no documentation of this.

Several date repunchings are known, but the only one of interest to non-series specialists is that having a fully repunched date, F-103/FS-301.


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Last Updated: 7/21/2015

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 65.00 100.00 130 160 190 260 325 475 785 1750 4600 8500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 900 - - - -

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Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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