Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,470,000
Catalog: KM-77
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.35 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1854 ARROWS 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The massive output of dimes from the Philadelphia Mint in 1853 went a long way toward replacing the decades of dime production at the earlier, now obsolete, standard. Though the 4.47 million pieces struck for 1854 was still an enormous mintage for the period, this only serves to show the magnitude of the need for replacement coins.

In order to speed this recoining by encouraging deposits of silver bullion, Mint Director James R. Snowden disregarded a provision of the 1853 law stipulating that fractional silver coins be paid out only in exchange for gold coin. This clause had been included to prevent a redundancy of fractional silver, as these coins had only limited legal tender value and could be refused by banks in excess of their needs. Snowden believed that the earlier shortage was so severe that the problem could be addressed only by sidestepping the law and, for a time, he was correct. He therefore offered to purchase silver bullion at slightly higher than the market price and to pay for it with newly-minted silver coins. By 1857, however, their numbers had become a nuisance, and his policy was rescinded during the following year.

There are no true varieties for the 1854 dime, despite the many dies required for such a large mintage. Only various die state anomalies are found, and the most appealing of these is F-104a with its shattered obverse.

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1854 ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 18.00 22.00 32.00 65.00 165 185 220 280 330 390 485 660 1085 2100 4500 13250 - - -
$ 80.00 - 205 235 310 - 425 525 725 1265 2500 5500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 255
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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9/4/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 959 $149.50
9/13/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2678 $460.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3484 $2,875.00
12/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 1905 $195.50
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9459 $485.28
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 750, 759/Lot# 121 $160.00
1/25/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21231 $188.00
3/3/2016 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1233/Lot# 4798 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637289131255304539586663783874974111713211753252537125836617367418753
6066781031722713825556127038139071022118514652010292144205948636274120
0000003825556127038139071022118514652010292144205948636200
0000004615706377438449411069125316092268331651286061655200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1785
Owner: yosi
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1117
Owner: pulver set
 
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