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: $1.21 (5/28/2015)
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: 1/3/2014

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1880 10C MS
Base $ 190 260 310 350 410 470 500 530 550 600 650 700 860 1275 1775 4300 - - -
$ 460 510 540 570 590 650 700 760 940 1400 2200 4700 -

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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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8/12/1996 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0866, 866/Lot# 1305 $1,404.00
1/25/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1899 $518.00
1/15/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 122, 127/Lot# 418 $816.50
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
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3440 $805.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3402 $1,380.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1374 $339.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 10C MS
1880 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 3798
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3564
Owner: ddr70
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