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: $1.23 (11/17/2019)
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: 345
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: 11/12/2019 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12314912414193611131588531121---344
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Total-12314912414193611131588832121---348
 -0 %1 %1 %4 %3 %3 %1 %4 %5 %10 %0 %3 %9 %17 %25 %9 %3 %0 %--- 
1857 10C MS PL
 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
10/3/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 5961 $1,293.75
5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2372, 2372/Lot# 1490 $1,568.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 839 $253.00
3/21/2011 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 568, 575/Lot# 149 $235.75
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3539 $776.25
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2523 $1,380.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3396 $1,380.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2046 $877.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 172100 $1,381.60
12/3/2015 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7343 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37598110212320135150253958667477482094112461634269934273915657471687802
446688109149251401514555615707789860104313751989294235904801677273790
000000401514555615707789860104313751989294235904801677200
000000452527570645741805901114415052344318437525688697000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3915
Owner: Jason Feldman
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2699
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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