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: $1.16 (12/28/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 225 290 350 425 490 490 550 575 590 610 630 645 675 725 800 1050 1650 4200 13500 - -
$ 530 590 615 630 660 680 700 725 775 875 1150 2300 5500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 175
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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3/2/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24032, 24032/Lot# 13260 $529.00
8/18/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5676 $1,265.00
5/23/2005 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2043, 2043/Lot# 1292 $467.50
11/3/2005 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 908 $2,070.00
11/21/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 302 $1,230.50
7/30/2008 NGC MS 67   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 97 $3,450.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3601 $1,322.50
12/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20143 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2014235025757258208428658728778868919009089251028139318432464285636551
2754495266257568278498678738808878949029139591149154320502594312236550
0000008498678738808878949029139591149154320502594312200
0000008578698758838898979059199931271169322572725338800
1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333237455914322026529533936639543750284714211799264363461067918013
3123339498716823527530934837540945861710381547208038777790131230
0000001682352753093483754094586171038154720803877779000
0000001942502853243573854234807321229167323615111923400
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2464
Owner: yuylsworld
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1421
Owner: #
 
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