Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,395,500
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: $1.29 (10/25/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 10C MS obverse 1872 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

As the USA began to pay off its war debts by redeeming its bonds in gold, the value of paper currency rose to the point at which the Treasury anticipated parity with silver coin at any time. With that in mind the minting of silver rose dramatically in 1872. The move proved to be premature, as financial conditions the following year delayed this parity until 1875.

1872(P) dimes are more plentiful across all grades than Philadelphia Mint dimes of the preceding 10 years. Some suffer from the typical weakness at Liberty's head and the bow knot, but enough examples have survived that collectors can simply step around these less desirable pieces.

Some 17 die marriages have been recorded for 1872(P) dimes, and among these are several obverses having obvious die punching errors and oddities. Also highly sought is a very dramatic doubled-die reverse in which the second impression was made almost completely inverted with respect to the first.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1872 10C MS
Base $ 14.00 17.00 22.00 35.00 50.00 105 125 155 175 190 210 235 335 725 1450 3150 13000 23000 - -
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Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/17/1999 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1237, 1237/Lot# 1270 $283.40
9/3/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65092, 65092/Lot# 23214 $184.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10315 $488.75
6/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 54422 $187.00
6/30/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 200 $120.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30382 $381.88
1/5/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159364 $13.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1232/Lot# 3791 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 10C MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 925
Owner: Gerry Fortin
Grade: AU 53
Points: 395
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
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