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Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)

The dime was a useful and popular coin through most of the years in which the Seated Liberty type was in production. Fairly large numbers were struck continually, with two notable exceptions. The depreciation of federal paper money during the early-mid 1860s severely curtailed production, resulting in numerous scarce and rare issues. A surplus of silver in circulation during the late 1870s and through much of the 1880s prompted a near total of suspension of dime coinage during this period, though enough pieces were hoarded by speculators to prevent any of these dates from becoming truly rare. The low-mintage issues of the 1860s and the rare Carson City dimes of the early 1870s serve as a deterrent to completing this series by date and mint, yet such collecting does enjoy some popularity. Owing to the great number of issues and complexity of the series, variety collectors are relatively few in number. Two notable reference books exist for Seated Liberty Dimes. The earlier volume by Kamal Ahwash is a good book, but it has largely been superseded by the more recent reference by Brian Greer. Both are well researched and will be of interest to the specialist. NGC will attribute Seated Liberty Dime varieties listed in VarietyPlus. The most desirable varieties are 1841-O with the Closed Bud reverse of 1837-40, the doubled-die obverses of 1873 Arrows and 1876-CC and the Large S over Small S varieties of 1890-S and 1891-S.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusBreenFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)FortinGreerJohn Reich
10CMS1837 SEATED-        
10CMS1837 LG DATE SEATED$15  B-3216     
10CMS1837 LG DATE SEATED$15TOP-100 F-101c DIES CRACKED & CLASHED       
10CMS1837 SM DATE SEATED$15  B-3217     
10CMS1837 SM DATE SEATED$15TOP-100 F-103a REVERSE CRACKED       
10CMS1838 LARGE STARS-  B-3220     
10CMS1838 LARGE STARS$15TOP-100 F-111a OBVERSE CRACKED       
10CMS1838 PARTIAL DRAPERY$15TOP-100 F-108a RPD & REVERSE CLASHED       
10CMS1839 $15TOP-100 F-105c OBVERSE SHATTERED     G-101 
10CMS1840 NO DRAPERY-        
10CMS1840 NO DRAPERY$15TOP-100 F-103 CHIN WHISKERS       
10CMS1840 O NO DRAPERY-        
10CMS1840 O NO DRAPERY$15TOP-100 F-106a MEDIUM O & REV CRACKED       
10CMS1840 DRAPERY-        
10CMS1841/184 $15TOP-100 F-103 REVERSE CRACKED       
10CMS1841/841 -TOP-100 F-105 REVERSE CRUMBLING       
10CMS1841 O LARGE O$15TOP-100 F-101 CLOSED BUD REVERSE  FS-902FS-003.3 G-102 
10CMS1841 O SMALL O$15TOP-100 F-102 CLOSED BUD REVERSE  FS-901FS-003.3 G-101 
10CMS1842 $15TOP-100 F-103a OBVERSE RIM CUD       
10CMS1842 O MEDIUM O$15TOP-100 F-102a REVERSE SHATTERED     G-102 
10CMS1842 O MEDIUM O$15TOP-100 F-103 REVERSE SHATTERED     G-101 
10CMS1842 O SMALL O$15TOP-100 F-104a OBVERSE RIM CUD       
10CMS1843/1843 $15TOP-100 F-102, FS-301 VP-001    G-101 
10CMS1845/45 $15TOP-100 F-103 REVERSE CRACKED     G-101 
10CMS1845/1845 $15TOP-100 F-107 REVERSE CRACKED     G-103 
10CMS1845 O HUGE O$15TOP-100 F-101b        
10CMS1847 $15TOP-100 F-101 DATE OVERLAPS BASEVP-001B-3253   G-101 
10CMS1848/48 $15FS-301        
10CMS1849/8-9 $15TOP-100 F-104      G-101 
10CMS1849 O SMALL O$15  B-3262     
10CMS1849/184 O SMALL O$15TOP-100 F-104      G-103 
10CMS1849 O LARGE O$15  B-3261     
10CMS1850 O SMALL O$15  B-3266    G-101 
10CMS1850 O MEDIUM O$15  B-3265   G-102 
10CMS1850 O LARGE O$15  B-3264    G-103 
10CMS1851/851 MPD$15TOP-100 F-105 REVERSE RUSTED      G-101
10CMS1852/52 $15TOP-100 F-105 REVERSE CRACKED     G-101 
10CMS1853 NO ARROWS-        
10CMS1856 LARGE DATE-        
10CMS1856 SMALL DATE-        
10CMS1856/185 DDO SMALL DATE$15TOP-100 F-108      G-101 
10CMS1856 DDO SMALL DATE$15TOP-100 F-110, FS-101 VP-001      
10CMS1861 TYPE 2 OBV$15TOP-100 F-105 REVERSE RUSTED     G-101 
10CMS1862/2 DDO$15TOP-100 F-103 REVERSE GOUGED     G-101 
10CMS1868 18/18 $15TOP-100 F-103      G-101 
10CMS1869 SHORT FLAG$15TOP-100 F-101      G-101 
10CMS1872/2 $15FS-301      G-101 
10CMS1872 MPD$15FS-302     F-109G-104 
10CMS1872 DDR$15TOP-100 F-105, FS-801 VP-002      
10CMS1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS-        
10CMS1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS-        
10CMS1873 CC NO ARROWS-        
10CMS1875 MPD$15TOP-100 F-107, FS-301 OBVERSE CLASHEDVP-001    G-104 
10CMS1875 CC BELOW BOW-        
10CMS1875 CC BELOW BOW$15TOP-100 F-102a BOTH DIES CRACKED       
10CMS1875 CC ABOVE BOW-        
10CMS1875 CC ABOVE BOW$15TOP-100 F-109 BOTH DIES CRACKED       
10CMS1875 S BELOW BOW-        
10CMS1875 S BELOW BOW$15TOP-100 F-104 MPD & CLEAR MICRO S       
10CMS1875 S ABOVE BOW-        
10CMS1875 S ABOVE BOW$15TOP-100 F-101 REVERSE SHATTERED       
10CMS1876 TYPE 1 REV$15        
10CMS1876 DDR TYPE 1 REV$15TOP-100 F-104      G-101 
10CMS1876 TYPE 2 REV$15        
10CMS1876 CC TYPE 1 REV$15        
10CMS1876 CC DDO TYPE 1 REV$15VP-001   FS-101, 102 & 103FS-004 G-101A, B & C 
10CMS1876 CC DDO TYPE 1 REV$15TOP-100 F-107, FS-102 VP-001  FS-004 G-101B 
10CMS1876 CC DDO TYPE 1 REV$15TOP-100 F-105, FS-103 VP-001  FS-004 G-101C 
10CMS1876 18/18 CC T1 REV$15DDR TOP-100 F-110 VP-002  FS-003.7 G-103 
10CMS1876 CC DDR TYPE 1 REV$15VP-003     F-108aG-102 
10CMS1876 CC TYPE 2 REV$15TOP-100 F-101    FS-901FS-005   
10CMS1876 S TYPE 1 REV$15        
10CMS1876 S TYPE 2 REV$15        
10CMS1877 MPD TYPE 2 REV$15TOP-100 F-105 VP-001    G-103 
10CMS1877/1876 CC TYPE 2 REV$15TOP-100 F-107, FS-301 VP-001      
10CMS1877/1876 CC TYPE 2 REV$15F-108, FS-301 VP-001   F-108  
10CMS1877 18/18 S$15TOP-100 F-101      G-101 
10CMS1878 CC$15TOP-100 F-104 REVERSE SHATTERED     G-101 
10CMS1879/18-9 $15VP-001      G-101 
10CMS1886/86 $15TOP-100 F-105      G-101 
10CMS1887 S/S$15FS-501        
10CMS1887 S/S$15VP-001     F-105G-101 
10CMS1887 S/S$15TOP-100 F-104      G-102 
10CMS1888/8 MPD$15TOP-100 F-106        
10CMS1888 S/S$15F-105, FS-501     F-105G-101 
10CMS1888 S/S MPD$15TOP-100 F-107, FS-501      G-101 
10CMS1889/1889 MPD$15TOP-100 F-103      G-103 
10CMS1889 8/8 DDR$15TOP-100 F-104      G-101 
10CMS1889 DDR$15FS-801 VP-001  FS-005.3 G-101 
10CMS1889 DDR$15TOP-100 F-106, FS-801    FS-005.3 G-101 
10CMS1889/1--9 DDR$15TOP-100 F-122        
10CMS1889 DDR$15VP-002     F-108  
10CMS1890 MPD$15TOP-100 F-105, FS-301 VP-002  FS-005.5 G-101 
10CMS1890 MPD$15TOP-100 F-106, FS-302 VP-001  FS-005.6 G-102 
10CMS1890 S MPD MEDIUM S$15TOP-100 F-109        
10CMS1891 DDO$15TOP-100 F-109      G-104 
10CMS1891 MPD$15TOP-100 F-107, FS-301 VP-001    G-101 
10CMS1891/891 $15VP-002     F-108G-102 
10CMS1891 89/89 O/O$15TOP-100 F-106a        
10CMS1891 O$15TOP-100 F-108 REVERSE DIE SHATTERED       
10CMS1891 O/HORIZ O$15TOP-100 F-109, FS-501 VP-001  FS-005.6 G-101 
10CMS1891 89/89 O/S$15TOP-100 F-111        
10CMS1891 S MED/SM S$15TOP-100 F-105, FS-501 VP-001  FS-007 G-101 
10CPF1841 NO DRAPERY-  B-3235     
10CPF1868 MPD$15TOP-100 F-105      G-102 
10CPF1871 18/18 $15TOP-100 F-101      G-101 
10CPF1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS-        
10CPF1873 ARROWS-        
10CPF1888 $15TOP-100 F-102a BOTH DIES OVERPOLISHED       


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References:
Ahwash, Kamal M. Encyclopedia of United States Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891. Kamah Press, 1977
Greer, Brian. The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Dimes. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, 1992