Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,887,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.6700g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.29 (6/27/2017)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 10C MS obverse 1842 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue enjoyed a generous mintage and is quite common in all circulated grades. Mint State pieces are only slightly scarce, though gems are quite rare.

The only collectable variety is a late die state of F-103 on which the obverse die has broken at the rim.




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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1842 10C MS
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Base $ 13.00 17.00 27.00 35.00 70.00 170 195 260 350 390 420 585 775 1475 3550 6700 11750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7337 $851.00
8/14/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3118, 3118/Lot# 1429 $92.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8310 $211.50
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3774 $193.88
7/6/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138007 $325.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138007 $325.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3794 $3,760.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3795 $4,700.00
10/29/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7303 $646.25


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