Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 24,000
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: $1.05 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 10C MS obverse 1881 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the year 1881 dawned, the Treasury and its sub-Treasuries still had ample stocks of dimes on hand. The modest mintage of dimes for this year reflects a conscious decision to produce non-proofs whether they were needed or not. Unlike the 1879-80 dimes, which had similarly low mintages and remain common today, a certain portion of the 1881 total was abruptly needed for commerce when the Treasury vaults were drawn down by renewed demand. Thus, this date is noticeably more scarce than dimes dated 1879-80. As in those two years, however, the surviving population has a much higher percentage of Mint State pieces than for years in which dimes were coined by the millions.

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Last Updated: 7/22/2015

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1881 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 235 290 350 450 500 560 600 625 650 700 725 775 925 1650 3800 7750 14500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 800 1050 1850 4350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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6/3/1994 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 299 $396.00
2/26/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0818, 818/Lot# 319 $436.00
8/2/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7821 $211.50
11/29/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3451 $3,290.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14291 $444.15
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3553 $2,937.50
10/10/2014 PCGS VG 10   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14737 $217.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62064277486596611241179120612391271130313331363139314501609223333244217448249316541
627686804899101911421188121712501282131313431373141215031817259736224305463254680
0000001188121712501282131313431373141215031817259736224305463200
0000001197122812601292132313531383143115562025296039194394478100
1881 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111151984686187489190392199310511278202924172786355546226124
11111173628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391051220
000000628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391000
000000737856869885899915969103112021778228726633298426600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1303
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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