Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,000
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: $1.06 (7/30/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 10C MS obverse 1880 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Treasury was still working off its existing supply of dimes in 1880, and there was absolutely no demand for additional pieces. Those coined this year were intended to provide collectors and the public with an alternative to purchasing proofs, to discourage speculation in the latter and to keep the denomination current. The low mintage of 1880 dimes was not, as is often reported, due to the Mint being occupied with silver dollar coinage.

Many 1880 dimes were preserved in Mint State for their attractively low mintage, and worn pieces are the exception. These are quite rare, but the availability of Mint State examples holds their values in check. Only at the very highest grades is this issue rare.

Most survivors are faintly to fully prooflike, as the dies were not used enough to produce the textured frostiness normally associated with currency pieces. Some of these coins may be difficult to distinguish from actual proofs, and such determinations require professional certification.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/22/2015

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1880 10C MS
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Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
8/13/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0971, 971/Lot# 1287 $517.75
2/13/1998 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #182, 182/Lot# 169 $759.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 257 $488.75
11/29/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60353 $1,380.00
10/22/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 421, 427/Lot# 7371 $575.00
8/11/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4427 $1,955.00
1/5/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 10107 $532.45
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30392 $647.43

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 10C MS
1880 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3564
Owner: ddr70
Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 1799
Owner: physicsfan3.14
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