Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,506,900
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/25/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Mint Act of February 12, 1873 raised the weight of the fractional silver pieces very slightly to conform to Metric figures, but some 1-1/2 million dimes were produced at the Philadelphia Mint before this new standard went into effect. The overwhelming majority of these featured the first style of date used that year in which numeral 3 was nearly closed and resembled an 8 upon casual examination.

Despite a fairly generous mintage this issue is rather challenging to locate across all grades. Mint State pieces are scarce, but not truly rare. It's possible that a portion of the mintage was destroyed after the weight standard was revised early in the year, but there is no documentation of this.

Several date repunchings are known, but the only one of interest to non-series specialists is that having a fully repunched date, F-103/FS-301.

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Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
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Base $ 15.90 21.60 40.50 70.00 83.00 125 145 180 220 255 315 390 520 995 1980 5000 8125 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 49
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---131-1148-2356751---48
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Total---131-1148-2356751---48
 ---2 %6 %2 %-2 %2 %8 %17 %-4 %6 %10 %13 %15 %10 %2 %--- 
1873 CL 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS Prooflike
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Base--------------1-------1
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Total--------------1-------1
 --------------100 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/4/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 930 $1,380.00
1/13/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 94442 $139.81
3/17/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131313/Lot# 28103 $182.13
6/23/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30267 $6,462.50
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7608 $258.50
3/31/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32781 $246.75
8/2/2017 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 7339 $822.50


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