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: $1.23 (12/15/2019)
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: 6/14/2019

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1859 10C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 300 560 780 975 1550 1750 2750 4950 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 - -
1859 10C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1100 1580 1900 3750 7000 12500 23000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2400 5350 10000 - -
1859 10C PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 202
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: 12/10/2019 1859 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------472861312641--162
-----------------11---2
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Total------------472861312751--164
 ------------2 %4 %17 %37 %19 %16 %3 %1 %-- 
1859 10C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------265958---35
-----------------13---4
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Total-------------2659611---39
 -------------5 %15 %13 %23 %15 %28 %--- 
1859 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1211--5
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Total----------------1211--5
 ----------------20 %40 %20 %20 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2591 $4,945.00
10/4/2007 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2431, 2431/Lot# 1014 $4,144.00
4/8/2010 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 469, 475/Lot# 7188 $2,616.25
2/3/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3410 $3,450.00
2/2/2012 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3363 $1,725.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2008 $4,600.00
4/13/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186721 $1,937.12
6/23/2014 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30292 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 10C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base61563766168671173576078983784687412911566179921832401334544315656719878348510
622645669694719743770805840855101313831644192722562716370748396170741080590
000000770805840855101313831644192722562716370748396170741000
000000779821843865115214741721205523283030406952486684762200
1859 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67469772375177680282985891091894913931683192823322561469450496951800986969426
682706732759785811839875913928109714901765206324083272481256837304823889390
000000839875913928109714901765206324083272481256837304823800
000000848893915939124515861846219724853983493163177656846700
1859 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57559561864266568871373978579382012191483168321612302288538005367574462826857
58260362665067369672275478880295313071550184222082496319043225493592364740
00000072275478880295313071550184222082496319043225493592300
000000730770790811108613951616200222552691349548455618610300
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8009
Owner: 49er
 
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