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: $1.33 (11/22/2017)
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: 99
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7337 $851.00
4/10/2011 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3045, 3045/Lot# 1310 $26.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5461 $6,325.00
12/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131302/Lot# 26061 $793.13
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138007 $325.00
12/7/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131450/Lot# 25153 $188.00
2/5/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1417 $1,762.50


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