Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,000
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: $1.41 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 10C MS obverse 1879 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The total lack of demand for additional dimes in circulation left the U. S. Mint with a quandary. Should it coin proofs alone and risk having these become instant rarities that were exploited in the secondary market, or should it produce just enough currency strikes to satisfy collector demand? Director Horatio Burchard opted for a modest mintage of non-proofs so that collectors could obtain dimes of the current year at face value. This practice remained in effect for dimes through 1881, after which time normal mintages resumed.

A mintage of 14,000 pieces would normally result in a rare issue, but a substantial percentage of this mintage was picked off by speculators immediately. Mint State pieces, even gems, are disproportionately common in relation to circulated examples, which are indeed rare. This explains the narrow value range across all grades below MS 66.

A couple of repunched date varieties are known for 1879 dimes, but these are interest primarily to specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1879 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 275 350 400 465 490 520 535 545 570 600 650 660 700 850 1200 1650 3850 9800 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 775 - - - - -
1879 10C MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 179
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
2/24/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0922, 922/Lot# 1256 $1,566.00
4/24/1998 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1998 Central States Bullet Sale #185, 185/Lot# 234 $357.50
11/21/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 302 $1,230.50
1/3/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 400 $2,255.15
7/7/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7870 $460.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2426 $2,760.00
9/15/2013 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 769, 778/Lot# 210 $3,613.00
12/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3511, 6080/Lot# 20143 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base650674802908102811241179120612391258128413091327136314211505175322333525583663818315
658717837948106011421188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601870260
0000001188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601800
0000001197122812521275130113211351140214771670207330945066619900
1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333237455914322026529533936639543750284714211799264363461067918013
3123339498716823527530934837540945861710381547208038777790131230
0000001682352753093483754094586171038154720803877779000
0000001942502853243573854234807321229167323615111923400
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3525
Owner: yuylsworld
 
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