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: $1.14 (12/24/2014)
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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 190 260 310 350 410 410 470 500 530 550 575 600 650 700 860 1275 1775 4300 - - -
$ 460 510 540 570 590 625 650 700 760 940 1400 2200 4700 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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9/26/1998 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 6600 $391.00
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 448 $4,312.50
1/15/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 122, 127/Lot# 418 $816.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2002 $978.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3402 $1,380.00
8/1/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3322, 3322/Lot# 1560 $340.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1330 $1,410.00
9/4/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3939 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10228845055162072579686591694999710281036106611031173163420872910414153237294
164342483574655748819882927965100710301046107811261326178523613320453559800
000000819882927965100710301046107811261326178523613320453500
000000842899938981101710331056109011491480193626353730492900
1880 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111115729219751010106010921101113111701243172321942309277033804198
111111916889399861026107010951111114411941403188022322462297336520
0000006889399861026107010951111114411941403188022322462297300
0000008049579981043108110981121115712181563203722702616317600
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4141
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2910
Owner: ddr70
 
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