Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,677,200
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.46 (7/29/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1878 10C MS obverse 1878 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With the price of silver steadily falling, millions of old silver coins returned to circulation from overseas and domestic hoards beginning in 1876. The frantic pace of minting new pieces sputtered to a near stop in 1878, and the 1878(P) dime is thus not comparable in rarity to those of the preceding three years.

This issue is somewhat scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State. Gems are quite elusive. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Reverses were used, coins displaying the former being very scarce. Gerry Fortin records four Type 1 die marriages and ten Type 2 marriages. These varieties, however, appear to be of interest only to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2015

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1878 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.00 20.00 26.00 42.00 80.00 90.00 105 130 145 190 240 330 485 1000 2500 10000 28500 - -
$ 45.00 - 98.00 115 140 - - 265 360 550 1400 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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8/2/2016 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 21778
8/2/2016 MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21133
8/2/2016 AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21132
8/14/2016 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3629


Auction Prices Realized

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11/17/2003 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1807, 1807/Lot# 1212 $220.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2001 $1,553.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7372 $402.50
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3703 $8,337.50
6/22/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 154240 $28.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14734 $170.38
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98289 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545967811061671833043363814504895977258741103163426994565484753227022
566272891261722233153514044635256407759501280198933214659500558890
0000002233153514044635256407759501280198933214659500500
00000026432536642747656168282410271457234439434753516400
1878 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3323741547215924129533037840943949756511311531194135186788111901
123338456010118625930634638841945851975312641667246646088255111900
0000001862593063463884194585197531264166724664608825500
0000002132773183623984294775429421397180429925698972200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1634
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1634
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
 
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