Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 606,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.39 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 10C MS obverse 1860 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Nearly all United States coin denominations underwent improvements during the years 1858-61. While some of these changes were so slight as to go unrecognized by contemporary numismatists, the very obvious revisions to the dime were inescapable. These changes coincided with the employment of Assistant Engraver Anthony C. Paquet, though they are almost all attributed to his superior, James B. Longacre, as that was the custom of the time.

San Francisco alone coined dimes of the earlier style in 1860, the Philadelphia and New Orleans pieces all displaying the changes that would continue through the end of this series in 1891. Most obviously, the obverse stars were omitted, and in their place appeared the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, which had formerly appeared on the reverse. This relocation was prompted by the adoption of a much more elaborate cereal wreath in place of the simple laurel wreath of earlier dimes. The tall, narrow lettering seen on 1860-91 dimes is a hallmark of Anthony C. Paquet's work, further pointing to his hand in the sculpting of the new models.

Worn examples of the 1860(P) dime are fairly plentiful, yet Mint State pieces are moderately scarce. Most such coins are sharply struck, far more so than half dimes of this same design.

The most desirable variety for this issue is F-106, which shows doubling in the legend and on Liberty's lips.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1860 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 19.00 25.00 35.00 65.00 120 130 155 180 205 225 290 400 585 1450 2100 7000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 122
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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7/27/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5841 $1,610.00
12/25/2011 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3195, 3195/Lot# 1399 $240.00
3/24/2013 NCS Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 105406 $46.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131350/Lot# 22124 $226.78
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7390 $381.88
2/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1423 $1,527.50
10/11/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131542/Lot# 25063 $199.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base455063891152202373203665155636206637649331206202924954217448249316541
4754729815022626533541653158263469782010241480218430694305463254680
00000026533541653158263469782010241480218430694305463200
00000029235146554760164973087711151755234036434394478100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 933
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 620
Owner: JTO
 
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