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: $1.22 (11/15/2019)
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: 5/24/2019

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1879 10C MS
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Base $ 275 350 400 465 560 620 625 635 650 680 690 715 715 915 1020 1310 3850 10000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 775 950 - 2500 5400 -
1879 10C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29500

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 181
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: 11/12/2019 1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-25-221211369312739244--160
----------------1511---17
--------------11-4----6
------------------2---2
Total-1-25-2212113610322848374--185
 -1 %-1 %3 %-1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %3 %5 %17 %15 %26 %20 %2 %-- 
1879 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1117434---21
------------------3---3
-----------------2----2
-------------------1--1
Total------------11174571--27
 ------------4 %4 %4 %26 %15 %19 %26 %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
8/13/1999 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6847 $2,990.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 400 $2,255.15
9/15/2011 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 619, 626/Lot# 7175 $690.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2426 $2,760.00
8/12/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3671 $3,995.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3157 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2204565396207748749009219289339419499589669901092147219412585299138171
29848356667180788290792392993594395296097410241218162821552720326638170
00000090792392993594395296097410241218162821552720326600
00000091492593193894695596398210581345178423702855354100
1879 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base563774908990108812191252129613031315133313691381141016241725197733865158583663818315
6338199351023113212301267129813071321134513731391148116581809244739775384601870260
0000001267129813071321134513731391148116581809244739775384601800
0000001281130113111327135713771400155316911893291645675610619900
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5158
Owner: yuylsworld
 
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