Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 256,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 10C MS obverse 1869 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of a quarter million pieces this issue should be more available than it is. Since silver coinage wasn't actually circulating in the area serviced by the Philadelphia Mint, it's likely that these coins were not issued in the conventional sense, and a certain portion may have been melted at a later time. Of course, there are records to verify this theory.

There are several die marriages for 1869(P) dimes, and these are divided between two date styles. These are described as "Short Flag" and "Long Flag," a reference to the length of the upper left horizontal element of numeral 1. In fact, the Long Flag dies also have an elongated left base to the 1. The Short Flag die marriages are the scarcer of the two, especially in grades above XF. F-101 displays the rarest of the Short Flag dies.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/16/2019

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1869 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.50 35.00 55.00 160 275 300 350 425 550 650 775 875 1030 1850 2800 5500 8750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 7400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 28
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 12/10/2019 1869 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---36-2-112-1111423---28
---------------1--1---2
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Total---36-2-112-1112424---30
 ---10 %20 %-7 %-3 %3 %7 %-3 %3 %3 %7 %13 %7 %13 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
12/12/2004 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1973, 1973/Lot# 1391 $550.00
11/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8340 $223.25
9/8/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7059 $120.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5227 $4,553.13
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14725 $293.75
4/26/2017 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3128 $2,350.00
3/6/2018 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131811/Lot# 23353 $104.00


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