Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,078,010
Catalog: KM-77
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49g
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.28 (10/26/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1853 ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.00 25.00 40.00 78.00 180 200 225 280 330 385 430 635 1025 1975 3500 12000 28500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 825 1500 2750 5100 19000 -

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Total Graded: 899
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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8/13/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 868 $2,645.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1269 $443.00
3/25/2010 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 465, 471/Lot# 7287 $161.00
6/13/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2870, 2870/Lot# 1451 $97.75
4/24/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1728 $3,055.00
4/28/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20180 $808.40
7/6/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138009 $440.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 ARROWS 10C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2585
Owner: Senator32
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2510
Owner: yuylsworld
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