Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 200,000
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.02 (11/29/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 CC 10C MS obverse 1878 CC 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of all fractional silver coins plummeted at Carson City during 1878. Many writers have claimed that this was caused by the demand that millions of silver dollars be coined monthly under the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, but this was not the case. There was simply little or no additional need for fractional silver in 1878 and for the next several years, as pieces that had gone into hiding years earlier returned to circulation in the mid 1870s. It was just a fortunate coincidence for the U. S. Mint that the demand for fractional silver evaporated at the same time as its resources were taxed to the breaking point in coining unwanted silver dollars.

The 1878 CC dime is scarce across all grades and rare in Mint State. A single die pair is known having the Type 1 Reverse, while a second obverse die was paired with three different Type 2 Reverses. Though the Type 1 variety is clearly more rare, the overall scarcity of this date limits the premium that will attach to such coins. One popular variety is F-104, which has a shattered reverse die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/22/2015

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1878 CC 10C MS
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Total Graded: 69
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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8/13/1999 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6276 $1,437.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1081 $1,667.50
6/1/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 1069 $2,990.00
12/12/2011 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 1808 $1,550.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9487 $282.00
12/22/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 550 $875.00
2/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3302 $3,290.00
10/10/2014 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14735 $170.38

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NGC Registry Score 1878 CC 10C MS
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