Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Carson City
Mintage: 200,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.24 (11/17/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 CC 10C MS obverse 1878 CC 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of all fractional silver coins plummeted at Carson City during 1878. Many writers have claimed that this was caused by the demand that millions of silver dollars be coined monthly under the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, but this was not the case. There was simply little or no additional need for fractional silver in 1878 and for the next several years, as pieces that had gone into hiding years earlier returned to circulation in the mid 1870s. It was just a fortunate coincidence for the U. S. Mint that the demand for fractional silver evaporated at the same time as its resources were taxed to the breaking point in coining unwanted silver dollars.

The 1878 CC dime is scarce across all grades and rare in Mint State. A single die pair is known having the Type 1 Reverse, while a second obverse die was paired with three different Type 2 Reverses. Though the Type 1 variety is clearly more rare, the overall scarcity of this date limits the premium that will attach to such coins. One popular variety is F-104, which has a shattered reverse die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1878 CC 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 275 300 380 490 625 1080 1180 1250 1380 1500 1800 2250 2700 3150 5000 13500 15500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1878 CC 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4253561-232-13416672---72
----------------21-1--4
---------------1------1
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Total4253561-232-134178821--77
 5 %3 %6 %4 %6 %8 %1 %-3 %4 %3 %-1 %4 %5 %22 %10 %10 %3 %1 %-- 
1878 CC 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1------2
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Total-------------1-1------2
 -------------50 %-50 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1081 $1,667.50
9/21/2008 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2587, 2587/Lot# 1338 $257.60
6/30/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 222 $240.00
7/11/2014 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5602 $164.50
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21254 $235.00
2/12/2017 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131708/Lot# 25109 $217.38
10/30/2019 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131945/Lot# 21137 $504.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 CC 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6097748209581124130314771781186919282033212423352614286030803817583661697198783410074
6647898661013118413611578181018891963206321942428269629333326449059476512741085810
0000001578181018891963206321942428269629333326449059476512741000
0000001680184019081998209422652521277830073571516360586855762200
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