Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,395,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $2.01 (5/10/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 8/30/2019

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1872 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 22.00 25.00 35.00 55.00 105 125 150 160 185 205 235 350 650 1450 3125 13000 23000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 84
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1872 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3--222-14510-31014205111--84
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Total3--222-14510-31014205311--86
 3%--2%2%2%-1%5%6%12%-3%12%16%23%6%3%1%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4163891151432202883814375025275866316959081333219030685747719878349325
48729812416924331940045951054760165276610501619248339616231741083319791
00000031940045951054760165276610501619248339616231741000
00000035041848051956661667483711911904277548546714762200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 908
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 191
Owner: Nolan
 
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