Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,000
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: $1.35 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 10C MS obverse 1863 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

By 1863 silver coins were traded for a significant premium over the value of federal paper currency, and they were not seen in daily commerce, except in the Far West. There the inflationary economy rendered the dime the smallest coin in use, and silver circulated freely.

It appears that this small mintage of dimes at the Philadelphia Mint was produced primarily for the purpose of paying off the Mint's bullion depositors to the exact amount due them. The demand from collectors was solely for proofs until decades later. The same die pair was used for both editions.

With little likelihood of circulation, it's not surprising that the surviving population of 1863(P) dimes is skewed toward Mint State grades or just faintly worn pieces. Well worn examples are more rare than unworn dimes for this and most P-Mint issues of the mid 1860s.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2015

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

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4/6/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 408 $4,887.50
1/20/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2801, 2801/Lot# 1168 $1,840.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5478 $5,750.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3401 $1,035.00
4/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1732 $1,527.50
8/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3256 $7,637.50
9/21/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 822, 831/Lot# 70 $2,000.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1426 $4,112.50

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