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: $1.20 (11/26/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 1/3/2014

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1881 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 210 275 325 385 490 490 550 575 600 625 650 675 700 750 900 1650 3700 6250 - - -
$ 530 590 615 640 675 675 725 750 800 1000 1750 4250 7500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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8/13/1999 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6848 $805.00
1/16/2011 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2996, 2996/Lot# 1283 $230.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3498 $1,150.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8362 $217.38
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14291 $444.15
6/30/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131328/Lot# 28082 $440.63
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3450 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1433364505276207257587938098208378478659339901206192823022643375850281
20737447555865573676979881282584085388795210621446205224153014418150280
00000076979881282584085388795210621446205224153014418100
00000078180381683184385991097111341687217725293386460400
1881 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111151984686187489190392199310511278202924172786355546226124
11111173628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391051220
000000628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391000
000000737856869885899915969103112021778228726633298426600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2643
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 837
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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