Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 60,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.34 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/21/2015

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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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
7/7/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7863 $373.75
6/29/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 198307 $450.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138011 $560.00
10/10/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14729 $258.50
2/8/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25750 $258.50
2/4/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3156 $2,585.00


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