Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,053,115
Catalog: KM-63.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.51 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 10C MS obverse 1839 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue was produced in quantity, and examples are plentiful across all circulated grades. Mint State are not especially rare, though the number of gems falls short of those for 1837 and 1838 Philadelphia Mint dimes. As the novelty of this coin type had worn off by 1839, examples have survived unworn by mere chance.

Most 1839 dime are well struck, though a few may show slight weakness in the shield, as this was the deepest part of the obverse die cavity. Blurred or incomplete denticles are sometimes seen, but these are more the result of die erosion than striking weakness.

Mostly minor varieties are known for the 1839 dime, including slight repunching of numerals 39. Fortin's F-105c with its obverse die shattered in a pie wedge pattern is extremely popular.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1839 10C MS
Base $ 18.00 24.00 32.00 45.00 150 275 300 355 375 415 460 665 900 1550 3250 5200 13000 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1025 1950 3500 6200 - -

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Total Graded: 235
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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8/12/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1076, 1076/Lot# 1280 $2,675.00
1/23/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21036 $322.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2589 $805.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10082 $253.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 831 $253.00
6/3/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3773 $111.63
9/7/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 213399 $260.00

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