Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,377,700
Catalog: KM-105
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.27 (10/23/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
Base $ 17.00 20.00 33.00 70.00 155 290 315 340 360 480 600 650 900 1800 4050 11500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/7/1998 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1093, 1093/Lot# 1333 $463.25
4/22/1999 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Milwaukee (CSNS) #200, 200/Lot# 5716 $1,955.00
11/26/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 198, 204/Lot# 48 $161.00
4/27/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3291 $1,265.00
3/11/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 35082 $15.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7817 $129.25
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7462 $329.00
8/1/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20073 $581.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3564
Owner: jacmitch
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2302
Owner: Keith A Dagen
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