Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.12 (3/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2019

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1879 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 275 350 400 465 524 557 572 583 609 641 689 715 715 910 1040 1310 3850 10500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 775 - - 2600 5400 -
1879 10C MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29500

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 178
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-25-221211359312738244--158
----------------1511---17
--------------11-3----5
----------------1-2---3
Total-1-25-2212113510322946374--183
 -1 %-1 %3 %-1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %3 %5 %17 %16 %25 %20 %2 %-- 
1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1117424---20
------------------3---3
-----------------2----2
-------------------1--1
Total------------11174471--26
 ------------4 %4 %4 %27 %15 %15 %27 %4 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/1997 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0980, 980/Lot# 1184 $735.75
11/29/2007 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60349 $1,265.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 709 $2,645.00
4/28/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 554 $2,185.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3601 $1,322.50
10/27/2010 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 3509 $2,300.00
9/15/2011 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 619, 626/Lot# 7175 $690.00
5/19/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20115 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2204565396207748749009219289339419499589669901092147219412585299138171
29848356667180788290792392993594395296097410241218162821552720326638170
00000090792392993594395296097410241218162821552720326600
00000091492593193894695596398210581345178423702855354100
1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base650674802908102811241179120612391258128413091327136314211505175322333525583663818315
658717837948106011421188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601870260
0000001188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601800
0000001197122812521275130113211351140214771670207330945066619900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3525
Owner: yuylsworld
 
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