Coin Specifications

Category: Roosevelt Dimes (1946-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 128,800
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/27/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1953 10C PF obverse 1953 10C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

A 50% jump in proof sales from 1952 to 1953 reflected the rapid growth of the coin hobby during this period. Such growth had already pushed up resale prices for the 1950-51 sets, which were now viewed as relatively rare and were subject to speculative buying.

1953 proof dimes are readily available through PF 68, and a fair number of Cameo examples have been certified, as well. Typical of proof coins from this decade, Ultra Cameo pieces are extremely rare.

With the rise in mintages, however, came more extreme polishing of the dies, leaving many proofs having blurry details and some shallower features polished off the dies completely. When the proof dies began to wear and reveal "starburst," the Mint's term for erosion lines, these dies were repolished one or more times to extend their usefulness. The result was even more loss of detail, and this problems only grew throughout the 1950s and into the 60s.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1953 10C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 12.00 13.00 15.00 18.00 21.00 29.00 37.00 65.00 175 575 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 24.00 31.00 45.00 75.00 -
1953 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 27.00 35.00 60.00 90.00 175 650 2750 -
$ - - - - - - - - 30.00 40.00 65.00 100.00 200 -
1953 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5400 6500 17500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2487
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1953 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--5195217546194844152-2154
--------------121625101-46
-----------------1-1--2
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Total----------1--5205417646897345253-2202
 ----------0 %--0 %1 %2 %8 %21 %44 %21 %2 %- 
1953 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------512611391049-330
-------------------1--1
-----------------------
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Total---------------512611391059-331
 ---------------2 %4 %18 %42 %32 %3 %- 
1953 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------------3---3
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Total------------------3---3
 ------------------100 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/20/2004 PCGS PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 5989 $103.50
9/23/2007 NGC PF 68   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1294 $180.00
7/23/2008 PCGS PF 67   Teletrade Auction 2561, 2561/Lot# 3109 $41.00
1/22/2009 NGC PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 325, 331/Lot# 5703 $25.00
9/22/2013 NGC PF 68   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 138620 $308.00
2/23/2014 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131409/Lot# 26658 $22.00
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 191039 $30.00
10/10/2014 NGC PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20137 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2828283232373741414550505967111143237336563133328853209
2828293234373841424750536282122174270412820185029930
0000003841424750536282122174270412820185000
00000040414448505664961322063034871076236800
1953 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3232323737414545505454596781123237113839524290647370617688
3232343738424547515456627295161537207640655018666972700
0000004547515456627295161537207640655018666900
00000045485354576476109199838301441775745686500
1953 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2424282828323237374141455059728911515525556312391416
2425282829323437384142475363789812818835878812980
0000003437384142475363789812818835878800
000000353740414448566883106142222460101400
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Grade: PF 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4290
Owner: Ultra Cameo Collection
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 1333
Owner: Jay Ramsey
 
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