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: $1.35 (8/27/2016)
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: 9/14/2015

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1879 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 325 375 450 475 500 525 550 575 600 625 650 675 850 1175 1750 4750 10500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 750 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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11/23/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1107, 1107/Lot# 1275 $1,296.00
11/21/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 302 $1,230.50
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2594 $3,450.00
4/16/2008 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 573 $3,622.50
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3601 $1,322.50
7/7/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3414 $1,265.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7612 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base650674802908102811241179120612391258128413091327136314211505175322333525583663818315
658717837948106011421188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601870260
0000001188121712451267129213151339138214491588191326644295601800
0000001197122812521275130113211351140214771670207330945066619900
1879 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372554507641333219723022433255527813009334536013852464359229234970610197107051155414515
243320555954162122322346247426302857312134303685411650697026939198701036610988125410
000000234624742630285731213430368541165069702693919870103661098800
0000002389251427062933323335163768437954968130954910033105361127100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3525
Owner: yuylsworld
 
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