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: $1.25 (9/19/2017)
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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Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1859 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 75.00 175 190 225 260 340 365 415 600 1185 2475 3950 7350 23500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 465 - - - 5050 8500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/24/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5513 $4,600.00
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3346 $2,990.00
3/11/2012 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3239, 3239/Lot# 1416 $1,006.25
9/6/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3786 $4,700.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 88140 $192.50
10/13/2013 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1241 $3,200.00
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22158 $2,173.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637294119272295539575653725820874102112711821293634674565713877699997
606679102170280376551601677757838923110414542193311338335423734885120
000000376551601677757838923110414542193311338335423734800
000000458563627701788856972118816382564329041996280755900
1859 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base132374594163285392482537613661719870113815962682331542399174146931
113339611172033204225005626296807699591290195828933623588411013146930
000000320422500562629680769959129019582893362358841101300
0000003564525185876456998191048144323203104393175291285300
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