Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,000
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: $1.19 (4/27/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 10C MS obverse 1879 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The total lack of demand for additional dimes in circulation left the U. S. Mint with a quandary. Should it coin proofs alone and risk having these become instant rarities that were exploited in the secondary market, or should it produce just enough currency strikes to satisfy collector demand? Director Horatio Burchard opted for a modest mintage of non-proofs so that collectors could obtain dimes of the current year at face value. This practice remained in effect for dimes through 1881, after which time normal mintages resumed.

A mintage of 14,000 pieces would normally result in a rare issue, but a substantial percentage of this mintage was picked off by speculators immediately. Mint State pieces, even gems, are disproportionately common in relation to circulated examples, which are indeed rare. This explains the narrow value range across all grades below MS 66.

A couple of repunched date varieties are known for 1879 dimes, but these are interest primarily to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1879 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 225 290 350 425 490 550 575 590 610 645 675 725 800 1050 1650 4200 13500 - -
$ 530 590 615 630 660 700 725 775 875 1150 2300 5500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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4/26/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7557


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2/1/2004 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 1838, 1838/Lot# 1091 $605.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7373 $552.00
2/3/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 1000 $2,357.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2426 $2,760.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 67   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3421 $2,530.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7612 $822.50
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3484 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base650674802908102811241179120612391258128413091327136314211505175322333525583663818315
658717837948106011421188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601870260
0000001188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601800
0000001197122812521275130113211351140214771670207330945066619900
1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333237455914322026529533936639543750284714211799264363461067918013
3123339498716823527530934837540945861710381547208038777790131230
0000001682352753093483754094586171038154720803877779000
0000001942502853243573854234807321229167323615111923400
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3525
Owner: yuylsworld
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1753
Owner: #
 
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