Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.12 (3/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 10C MS obverse 1856 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By 1856 the reduced weight coinage introduced in 1853 was sufficiently distributed that it was no longer necessary to distinguish them from the earlier pieces. Thus, the arrowheads were removed from the date.

The census figures below represent the number of 1856 dimes certified by NGC before it began to routinely label this issue as either Large Date or Small. See the following two entries for census information broken out by variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2019

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1856 10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 16.50 25.70 46.30 70.70 150 156 182 245 292 338 390 544 998 2350 5620 12000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1856 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-2-3114-5142921144----108
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Total----1-2-3114-5142921144----108
 ----1 %-2 %-3 %1 %13 %-5 %13 %27 %19 %13 %4 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/31/1997 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0932, 932/Lot# 1183 $261.60
1/7/2000 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 6574 $701.50
2/11/2000 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 5470 $8,050.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1339 $4,406.25
7/21/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129135 $111.10
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4456 $2,585.00
3/23/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 861 $200.00


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