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: $1.21 (5/29/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1879 10C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 370 490 675 965 1600 1950 4150 - - -
$ - - - - - 410 535 750 1075 1700 2150 4550 -
1879 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1100 1750 2200 4850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 825 1250 1850 2400 5500 -
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 8400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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8/2/1997 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6167 $1,955.00
7/10/2000 PCGS PF 60   Teletrade Auction 1331, 1331/Lot# 1164 $272.50
12/2/2003 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23122, 23122/Lot# 11223 $4,600.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8391 $747.50
10/13/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3521 $2,530.00
10/21/2012 PCGS PF 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/21/2012, 45/Lot# 53109 $341.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1787 $1,057.50
8/18/2013 PCGS PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 38 $550.00
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
Base586609631655678703727754781807829865941112413631673219724333506373841315549
5946166396636867117367637908148418901002120414661848227627913583386946040
0000007367637908148418901002120414661848227627913583386900
0000007457727988228539161063128315702022235431483661400000
1879 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7497768028318608899189499821015104810821196131914501799230225853765400844245914
7587858128418708999289609931026105911201237136315661967239629783846414749210
0000009289609931026105911201237136315661967239629783846414700
00000093997110041037107111581278140616832134249133723927428500
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2039209521522211227023312393245625212586265327212946318434363703398447935084538959037736
2058211421722231229023522414247825432608267627963025326835253797425448905186556065140
0000002414247825432608267627963025326835253797425448905186556000
0000002435249925642631269828713105335236143890452349875287573200
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 4080
Owner: #
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 3738
Owner: 49er
 
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