Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,883,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.13 (3/24/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 10C MS obverse 1861 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1861 was the final year in which silver coinage circulated freely before the Civil War prompted the hoarding of all coins during 1862. Silver would not return to circulation in most of the nation until the mid 1870s.

This issue is common in circulated grades and fairly plentiful in the lower Mint State range.

The original obverse hub used for 1860 and part of 1861 was a bit shallow in its details, and a new hub was created this year which resulted in dimes that were more durable in circulation. These varieties are easily distinguished by the number of vertical lines appearing above the LIBERTY banner. Type 1 (photos) has just five lines visible, while Type 2 has six lines representing three red stripes. The five-line obverse is more scarce, but collectors have shown little interest in this feature alone. Collectable die states displaying rusted dies are known for each obverse hub type.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/23/2019

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1861 10C MS
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Base $ 14.00 19.00 25.00 35.00 60.00 110 120 135 140 156 176 267 425 552 1240 2500 5620 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 158
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1861 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11252655511-1119213120112---158
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Total-11252655511-1119213120122---159
 -1 %1 %1 %3 %1 %4 %3 %3 %3 %7 %-7 %12 %13 %19 %13 %8 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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1/14/2002 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1528, 1528/Lot# 1206 $207.10
2/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1301 $1,438.00
3/21/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 568, 575/Lot# 153 $230.00
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3445 $969.38
9/29/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131341/Lot# 24922 $86.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162268 $407.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 7763 $1,292.50
2/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131509/Lot# 21722 $399.50


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