Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
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 (12/29/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 10C PF obverse 1879 10C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Specie Resumption Act of 1875 called for an accelerated coinage of silver to redeem the fractional currency notes then circulating. The declining price of silver promised to make this a reality, and the desired goal was achieved in 1876 when silver once again became plentiful in commerce. By the end of 1877, however, the price had fallen to the point where millions of earlier silver coins also poured into circulation, and the production of dimes was greatly curtailed during 1878-82.

While currency strikes of this date are thus scarce, the proofs are fairly plentiful. Speculative interest in the proof-only trade dollars of 1878-83 prompted high proof set sales during those years.

No fewer than three die pairs were used in the coining of 1,100 proof dimes for 1879. One obverse displays very minor repunching of numeral 9, while another has a nearly bald patch in Liberty's base as a consequence of excessive die polishing (photos).

The quality of proof 1879 dimes is variable, though the sheer number of pieces coined has resulted in a relatively high number of gem survivors. Cameo pieces are more plentiful than for earlier years in the 1870s, but Ultra Cameo dimes are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1879 10C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 325 370 490 675 965 1600 1950 4150 - - -
$ - - - - - 350 410 535 750 1075 1700 2150 4550 -
1879 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1100 1750 2200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 825 1250 1850 2400 - -
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 296
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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1/12/2015 PF 67  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3833


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3/4/1994 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 249 $1,540.00
10/22/1997 NGC PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1313 $414.20
1/8/2003 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 6440 $2,760.00
11/8/2007 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 193, 199/Lot# 5072 $517.50
3/31/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1394 $805.00
4/21/2013 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108962 $705.10
9/25/2013 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7669 $411.25
9/22/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1419 $1,667.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base586609631655678703727754781807837865941112413631673219724333506381752027338
5936166396626867117367637898178468901002120314661847227527903609427859140
0000007367637898178468901002120314661847227527903609427800
0000007457727988278559151063128315692022235431483713474000
1879 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4774975175375565796006226466706957191001119214501730230225253675398454147612
4835035235435635866076306546787038131064127815431920237629083778446061460
0000006076306546787038131064127815431920237629083778446000
0000006146386626867119071128136416362111245032913881493700
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5445635866076316536787037277527798071085128815581886398427203881421757958100
5505705936156386616867117357617888991152137816672585398431073993474365630
0000006867117357617888991152137816672585398431073993474300
0000006947197437707979921220146817763284398434944105526900
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 3817
Owner: 49er
 
Grade: PF 63 CAMEO
Points: 1450
Owner: Mike2011
 
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