Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,000
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 (10/31/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Very early in 1873 Chief Coiner A. L. Snowden complained that the date punches for that year seemed to read 1878, as numeral 3 was nearly closed. The Engraving Department rectified this by cutting down the balls of the 3 on each of the several different sizes of date punches. The coins which resulted from the new dies have been labeled Open 3 by numismatists.

This modification came just shortly before arrowheads were added to all the fractional silver denominations to signify a new weight standard, so the resulting mintages of Open 3 No Arrows coins were very small.

Surprisingly, this issue is not all that rare. Even Mint State pieces are available to the advanced Seated Dime collector. Four die marriages have been identified, none of them used for proofs, and this number calls into question the small mintage assigned to this variety by numismatic researchers. It is a reconstruction based on studies of the available documents, but the number of die marriages and the overall availability of this variety are at odds with the 60,000 figure.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 25.00 30.00 50.00 95.00 210 210 300 325 375 475 760 850 1300 1900 6000 21000 - - - - -
$ 230 325 350 400 525 825 950 1500 2100 9750 - - - -
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Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1884 $747.50
4/9/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Dallas, TX Signature Coin Auction #450, 450/Lot# 530 $1,610.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 387 $1,958.45
8/14/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3118, 3118/Lot# 1438 $103.50
10/13/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7881 $149.50
2/17/2013 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 51074 $88.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1737 $1,527.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3509 $9,400.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30268 $8,225.00

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