Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,677,200
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 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 8/30/2019

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1878 10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 22.00 28.00 35.00 57.00 80.00 95.00 135 145 160 175 240 325 445 1090 1950 6200 29000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 285 375 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, 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: 12/10/2019 1878 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1--1-1--54-3919311131---89
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Total-1--1-1--54-31019311133---92
 -1 %--1 %-1 %--5 %4 %-3 %11 %21 %34 %12 %3 %3 %--- 
1878 10C MS PL
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Base--------------2-------2
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Total--------------2-------2
 --------------100 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/12/1996 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0866, 866/Lot# 1304 $87.20
4/8/2003 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23043, 23043/Lot# 11277 $166.75
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
7/12/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7906 $690.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 68   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3080 $23,000.00
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
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 9117 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3323741547215924129533037840943949756511311531194135186788111901
123338456010118625930634638841945851975312641667246646088255111900
0000001862593063463884194585197531264166724664608825500
0000002132773183623984294775429421397180429925698972200
1878 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4163891151431752273043514634895275637058651059179024334202785985379257
4872981241541922533203884725025396107589301303200430235421808587770
0000002533203884725025396107589301303200430235421808500
0000002783354264805145516588129941546221936126640831100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 1790
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1790
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
 
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