Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
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: $1.06 (5/25/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 10C PF obverse 1859 10C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though no official records were kept of proof coin sales before 1860, it was later reported by a Mint official that 800 complete silver proof sets were struck for 1859. This figure proved to be highly optimistic, and it's likely that more than half of the 1859 proof dimes were melted after the end of the year.

Another milestone was achieved with 1859's proof dime production in that two die pairs were used instead of the usual single pair. No currency pieces were struck from any of these dies.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1859 10C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 300 540 780 975 1550 1750 2750 4950 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - -
1859 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1100 1580 1900 3750 7000 12500 23000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2400 5350 10000 - -
1859 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8000 9500 21000 30500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 203
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1859 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------472961312641--163
-----------------11---2
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Total------------472961312751--165
 ------------2 %4 %18 %37 %19 %16 %3 %1 %-- 
1859 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------265958---35
-----------------13---4
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Total-------------2659611---39
 -------------5 %15 %13 %23 %15 %28 %--- 
1859 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1211--5
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Total----------------1211--5
 ----------------20 %40 %20 %20 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/15/1996 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0858, 858/Lot# 1253 $3,317.00
5/31/2004 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 577 $2,645.00
2/14/2007 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2766 $862.50
4/8/2010 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 469, 475/Lot# 7188 $2,616.25
8/15/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8335 $7,187.50
6/5/2013 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3217 $1,527.50
4/13/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186721 $1,937.12
3/27/2015 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5336 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11001134117112081246128513251366140614501493153816861843223326993730469463247431808210372
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738197323883043405152376693764888450
0000001339137914211464150815871738197323883043405152376693764800
0000001352139314351479152316371791210325443386437357817062786500
1859 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24362500256526322700276928392911298430583134321134653733401643154630536772588428914111643
2457252225872655272327922863293530093083316032963554382741164420487659977648866699750
0000002863293530093083316032963554382741164420487659977648866600
0000002887296030333109318533803644392242154525512166288038890300
1859 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86890093395999710281059109511311166120112391421165820872495336542846089691280199094
879911942972100710381071110711431178121413001500180122232785367148866363728183770
0000001071110711431178121413001500180122232785367148866363728100
0000001083111911541189122613601579194423593075397854876638765000
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8428
Owner: 49er
 
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