Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,580,000
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: $1.05 (5/23/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 10C MS obverse 1857 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The law of 1853 directed that fractional silver coins were to be paid out only in exchange for gold, thus preventing a redundancy of such pieces. Mint Director Snowden, however, wanted to speed the replacement of the old tenor, heavier weight coins, so he permitted depositors of silver bullion to take their payment in fractional silver coins. This action, combined with the Mint's paying over market value for silver, created a rush that resulted in millions of dimes, quarters and halves being produced in excess of the numbers needed for commerce.

This largely accounts for the high mintage of 1857 dimes, which are common today in all grades shy of MS 66. The striking quality of these coins varies considerably, the coin illustrated having an all-too-common weak reverse, but the sheer numbers of survivors provides more fully struck pieces for the discriminating buyer.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1857 10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 50.00 150 165 185 225 275 300 370 580 925 2400 3950 - 18200 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 341
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12313912414183611131578530121---340
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Total-12313912414183611131578831121---344
 -0 %1 %1 %4 %3 %3 %1 %4 %5 %10 %0 %3 %9 %17 %26 %9 %3 %0 %--- 
1857 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/26/1996 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0853, 853/Lot# 1302 $35.97
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 839 $253.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3539 $776.25
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9612 $276.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2046 $877.00
12/22/2013 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 833 $1,515.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 172100 $1,381.60
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7606 $182.13
2/6/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3520, 6089/Lot# 22051 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550597210222027250252759767480283890012061730275436753915416745936123
47536382141237349510550623717814859100213812071306137553999430951030
000000349510550623717814859100213812071306137553999430900
000000425519574648759826879110415552413336838354083445100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3915
Owner: Jason Feldman
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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