Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,377,700
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $2.03 (5/18/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue was coined in large numbers, as it was anticipated that federal paper currency would shortly achieve value parity with silver coins. This did not come to pass for another couple of years, but the new issue of dimes featured opposed arrowheads to signify a very slight increase in weight. This was done in a nod to the Metric System, adoption of which was considered during the 1870s.

1873 Arrows Dimes are surprisingly scarce in Mint State for an issue of more than two million pieces. Gems are especially prized for their status as two-year-only type coins.

Gerry Fortin recorded 24 die marriages, all but one of these being unique uses of each die. Only Obverse 11 appears to have been paired with two reverse dies. The most collectable variety is doubled-die obverse F-103/FS-101.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 201
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 5/18/2021 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-123211098101120114222622174----201
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Total-123211098101120114222826175----208
 -0%1%1%10%5%4%4%5%5%10%0%7%11%13%13%8%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base458110222053956373583886590897410731206123915682087306852855577590364528402
5788141326547620769847879930100711171217134917412414380753825686608671028822
000000769847879930100711171217134917412414380753825686608600
000000804856894952104011621228145819142741454654805794626900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1239
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 974
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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