Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,868,533
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (10/20/2017)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 10C MS obverse 1897 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the American economy began its recovery from the depression of 1893-96, dime mintages rose at all three mints. Philadelphia struck more than five times as many pieces in 1897 as it had the previous year.

This many coins meant a far greater number of dies, and one result was the creation of at least five repunched date varieties. Some of these are quite minor, but the better ones are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

This issue is fairly plentiful in Mint State, with enough gems available to satisfy the upper end of the market. Many will show signs of die erosion, but the pool of survivors is large enough that collectors can find a sharp example with some patience.

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Last Updated: 12/19/2016

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1897 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.00 6.00 9.00 15.00 35.00 65.00 75.00 88.00 100.00 125 140 165 230 330 650 1100 4250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 265 400 775 1400 7650 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 466
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/28/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21041, 21041/Lot# 1096 $120.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 264 $1,552.50
10/29/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2442, 2442/Lot# 1163 $280.00
12/16/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 541, 548/Lot# 7275 $264.50
4/14/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131317/Lot# 26756 $76.00
10/6/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131342/Lot# 26056 $258.50
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3791 $446.50
7/6/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 182096 $123.00
8/13/2017 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131734/Lot# 27077 $132.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37507294127171194220265295336363384404442663122118182913541156275849
415779105141178202235275308345370390416515849142021833745548357010
000000202235275308345370390416515849142021833745548300
0000002112502853223543773974295891035161925484578555500
1897 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32456385115155179201244272311336354375409620115217252781520154115627
36517095128163186215253285319342361386479797134320773587527154830
000000186215253285319342361386479797134320773587527100
000000193229262298327348368397549974153424294394534100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 409
Owner: DennisG
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 354
Owner: Clay
 
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