Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 429,200
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: $1.22 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 10C MS obverse 1859 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The discontinuance of Director Snowden's policy of buying silver bullion and paying for it with silver coins is evident in the much smaller mintage of dimes this year. Henceforth, subsidiary silver coins would be paid out only in exchange for gold so as to prevent the redundancies that riled banks and businesses over the previous several years.

The 1859 dime is slightly scarce across all circulated grades, but there seems to be a fair number of Mint State survivors. Some of these, however, are weakly struck at Liberty's head and the bow knot.

One nice variety features a misplaced numeral within Liberty's skirt to the right of the ribbon edge. It appears to be the bottom of an 8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1859 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 22.00 28.00 40.00 80.00 175 190 225 260 340 340 390 560 1190 2475 3500 7350 21800 - -
$ - - - - - - - 465 - - - 5050 8500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 146
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1859 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--111142421114201133261113---146
----------------1-11--3
-------------1---1----2
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Total--1111424211142111332712141--151
 --1 %1 %1 %1 %3 %1 %3 %1 %7 %1 %3 %14 %7 %22 %18 %8 %9 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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5/19/1999 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1165, 1165/Lot# 1277 $239.80
3/25/2012 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43176 $30.00
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1241 $3,200.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33117 $8,225.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5584 $141.00
9/6/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131537/Lot# 25590 $111.63
8/21/2019 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131935/Lot# 27315 $65.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base132374594163285392482537613661719870113815962682331542399174146931
113339611172033204225005626296807699591290195828933623588411013146930
000000320422500562629680769959129019582893362358841101300
0000003564525185876456998191048144323203104393175291285300
1859 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41678911516330443756359767474589193397412191878274032384526705277699997
507498131210348479574623698794905947105614392165290636675368729185120
000000479574623698794905947105614392165290636675368729100
000000521586648721842919960113716582453307240976210753000
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