Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (11/14/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Very early in 1873 Chief Coiner A. L. Snowden complained that the date punches for that year seemed to read 1878, as numeral 3 was nearly closed. The Engraving Department rectified this by cutting down the balls of the 3 on each of the several different sizes of date punches. The coins which resulted from the new dies have been labeled Open 3 by numismatists.

This modification came just shortly before arrowheads were added to all the fractional silver denominations to signify a new weight standard, so the resulting mintages of Open 3 No Arrows coins were very small.

Surprisingly, this issue is not all that rare. Even Mint State pieces are available to the advanced Seated Dime collector. Four die marriages have been identified, none of them used for proofs, and this number calls into question the small mintage assigned to this variety by numismatic researchers. It is a reconstruction based on studies of the available documents, but the number of die marriages and the overall availability of this variety are at odds with the 60,000 figure.

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 40.00 70.00 100.00 235 315 340 365 390 845 950 1390 2100 4250 23500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---28131252-1345------37
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Total---28131252-1345------37
 ---5 %22 %3 %8 %3 %5 %14 %5 %-3 %8 %11 %14 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Price
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1884 $747.50
6/14/2010 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2871, 2871/Lot# 1288 $2,875.00
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138011 $590.00
7/6/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138011 $560.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 198307 $450.00
11/6/2015 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22160 $1,468.75
3/26/2017 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131714/Lot# 21125 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 OP 3 NO ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5998163272366695774847891933974155216582041252535457258733477338147884311286
72120199303476721798862905947116715871786220228654783728374677871837996570
000000798862905947116715871786220228654783728374677871837900
000000823876919960135916231913236432056020730976008009861100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1658
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: VF Details
Points: 183
Owner: Chrokn
 
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