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: $1.26 (5/29/2017)
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.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1861 10C MS
Base $ 15.00 19.00 25.00 35.00 60.00 110 120 135 140 165 185 285 340 525 1275 2750 5500 - - -
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Total Graded: 149
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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2/2/2000 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1266, 1266/Lot# 1357 $708.50
4/25/2002 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 5451 $1,437.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1301 $1,438.00
3/21/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 568, 575/Lot# 153 $230.00
7/1/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 60881 $126.50
10/14/2012 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131243/Lot# 22715 $30.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162268 $407.00

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