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: $1.32 (3/30/2017)
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: 9/22/2016

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 33.00 70.00 155 290 315 340 360 480 600 650 900 1800 4050 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1000 1900 5000 15500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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3/5/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1413, 1413/Lot# 1155 $4,601.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 138 $5,750.00
8/20/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 403, 409/Lot# 6268 $218.50
3/11/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 35082 $15.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1752 $3,466.25
1/19/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165300 $69.30
4/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7609 $340.75
7/26/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131531/Lot# 21101 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63678111525547751580284787494910661173129016492335350652645577590364528402
64729216232949061181785689998811021212141018782725409253685686608671020
00000061181785689998811021212141018782725409253685686608600
000000706832865924102711371251152921063116467854735794626900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3564
Owner: jacmitch
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2302
Owner: keithdagen
 
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