Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,883,000
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: $1.42 (7/25/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1861 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 15.00 20.00 32.00 55.00 100.00 110 125 140 165 185 245 375 500 1400 3500 6000 - - -
$ 60.00 - - 130 145 - 200 275 400 550 1750 4300 - -

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Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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7/25/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26081, 26081/Lot# 11161 $1,897.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1301 $1,438.00
12/3/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7453 $299.00
5/9/2012 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3274, 3274/Lot# 1471 $200.00
7/1/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 60881 $126.50
12/5/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4533 $940.00
2/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7454 $1,292.50
8/17/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1115 $187.00

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