Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 906,750
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 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 10C MS obverse 1871 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The trend toward restoration of silver coinage to circulation continued in 1871, as the Philadelphia Mint's production of dimes nearly doubled over 1870. 1871(P) dimes are slightly scarce in the higher circulated grades and become genuinely rare at the gem Mint State level.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified some 14 obverse dies used for this issue, though one of these was restricted to proof strikings. These were paired with 13 reverses for a total of 14 marriages.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1871 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 22.00 25.00 35.00 55.00 170 185 225 280 390 435 490 710 850 2050 6250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1871 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1---2351238-23111985----73
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Total1---2351238-23111995----74
 1 %---3 %4 %7 %1 %3 %4 %11 %-3 %4 %15 %26 %12 %7 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
7/17/1996 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0859, 859/Lot# 1244 $250.70
5/27/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1044 $833.75
3/31/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1370 $646.30
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8343 $329.00
3/31/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131315/Lot# 22123 $76.00
6/30/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 199 $35.00
1/25/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22142 $235.00
7/12/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131529/Lot# 25119 $258.50
6/12/2019 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131925/Lot# 25409 $41.00


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