Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,078,010
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (12/14/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1853 ARROWS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After several years of dithering over the falling price of gold which had driven the now-undervalued silver coins from circulation, Congress on February 21, 1853 passed a law lowering the weight of the half dime through half dollar about seven percent. This was enough to permit their free circulation once again, though the silver dollar remained at its old standard, condemning it to be an export issue only for many years.

To distinguish the lower-weight coins and prevent their export or melting, the U. S. Mint placed opposed arrowheads at either side of the date. This mark was retained through 1855, by which time it was assumed that nearly all dimes in circulation were of the new standard. This was a reasonable assertion, as mintages for the new issues were enormous for that time period. The more than 12 million Arrows dimes pumped out by the Philadelphia Mint in 1853 made this date a common sight in circulation for decades and, as late as the 1930s, coin dealers specified in their ads that no such coins were desired by them.

There are countless die marriages for this issue, only one of them being noteworthy for variety features. F-107/FS-301 features a repunched dated and some reverse die cracks.

The 1853 Arrows dime is common across all grades through MS 65, though its status as a short-lived subtype has created a steady demand from type collectors.

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1853 ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.50 22.00 29.00 65.00 95.00 165 185 225 280 305 330 410 620 850 1680 3500 12000 28500 66500 -
$ - - - - - - - - 825 1500 2750 4500 19000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 973
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 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: 12/10/2019 1853 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1810114724251236631352471111331767938114--973
----------------211-1-5
---------------121----4
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Total18101147242512366313524711113317783401241-982
 0 %1 %1 %1 %5 %2 %3 %1 %4 %6 %14 %0 %5 %11 %14 %18 %8 %4 %1 %0 %0 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2004 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 572 $1,553.00
1/9/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 962 $1,495.00
2/18/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2655, 2655/Lot# 1179 $891.25
12/15/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157929 $46.09
12/29/2013 PCGS F 13   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 286 $27.00
8/5/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3467 $2,115.00
8/31/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 213618 $52.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20370 $282.00
5/14/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131721/Lot# 27051 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41678911925535146353958667478382987410051296481722543238556378081059911442
5074991642873884885556157107988449181102247048172582401363118738108800
000000488555615710798844918110224704817258240136311873800
000000514570645747814859961119936434817291047887060966900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2254
Owner: yuylsworld
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1296
Owner: JTO
 
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