Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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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Description & Analysis

The figure of 960 proof dimes for 1871 was rather high for the coin market of that time, and it's likely that many remained unsold at the end of the year. Scholar Walter Breen reported that at least some of these were melted in July of 1873, after that year's weight change rendered them obsolete.

Three die marriages are known from three obverse and two reverse dies. One obverse shows clear repunching of numerals 18, and this variety does carry some premium among specialists.

Typical of this period, the overall quality of proof 1871 dimes is below that of those minted in the 1860s. Both Cameo and Ultra Cameo proofs are thus more rare for this date, too.

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1871 10C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 360 410 500 635 900 1300 1750 4000 9000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1080 1500 2050 6250 -
1871 10C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 550 725 950 2000 4450 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 6000 14100 -
1871 10C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1871 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------210122631181141--115
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---------------1111---4
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Total-----------210122632191251--119
 -----------2 %8 %10 %22 %27 %16 %10 %4 %1 %-- 
1871 10C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3766711--31
-----------------12---3
-----------------1----1
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Total-------------3766931--35
 -------------9 %20 %17 %17 %26 %9 %3 %-- 
1871 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/13/2006 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 492 $816.50
12/3/2006 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2294, 2294/Lot# 1318 $588.00
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2594 $4,255.00
3/31/2011 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1368 $2,825.55
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3578 $2,300.00
5/12/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20194 $720.28
4/4/2017 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17469 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 10C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76679382084987790893897110021036106911041173120614211658246436204565484753226437
77580283085888791894998110131047108111271184127815001927284939354659500556940
00000094998110131047108111271184127815001927284939354659500500
00000096099210251058109211501195134915792195323542504753516400
1871 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1932198620412097215522132272233323962458252325882805303532783536380842904756504655366732
1950200420602116217422332292235424172480254526602882311633643627396944454853520959350
0000002292235424172480254526602882311633643627396944454853520900
0000002313237524372501256627332958319734503717412946014949537300
1871 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5936156376616847117357627898178469251005113813151609196923023447493554176329
6006226456696937197447717988278729521049119714131729208026843943509657210
0000007447717988278729521049119714131729208026843943509600
0000007537808088368999781094125615111849219130654439525600
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 3943
Owner: 49er
 
Grade: PF 65
Points: 1969
Owner: Anthony Klick
 
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