Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
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: $1.40 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 10C PF obverse 1879 10C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Specie Resumption Act of 1875 called for an accelerated coinage of silver to redeem the fractional currency notes then circulating. The declining price of silver promised to make this a reality, and the desired goal was achieved in 1876 when silver once again became plentiful in commerce. By the end of 1877, however, the price had fallen to the point where millions of earlier silver coins also poured into circulation, and the production of dimes was greatly curtailed during 1878-82.

While currency strikes of this date are thus scarce, the proofs are fairly plentiful. Speculative interest in the proof-only trade dollars of 1878-83 prompted high proof set sales during those years.

No fewer than three die pairs were used in the coining of 1,100 proof dimes for 1879. One obverse displays very minor repunching of numeral 9, while another has a nearly bald patch in Liberty's base as a consequence of excessive die polishing (photos).

The quality of proof 1879 dimes is variable, though the sheer number of pieces coined has resulted in a relatively high number of gem survivors. Cameo pieces are more plentiful than for earlier years in the 1870s, but Ultra Cameo dimes are quite rare.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1879 10C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 325 370 490 650 925 1300 1800 3800 8000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1000 - 2150 4550 -
1879 10C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 725 1000 1575 2300 4150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 850 - - - - -
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 - 6000 8400 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 298
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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5/31/2004 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 585 $357.00
1/15/2006 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2145, 2145/Lot# 1107 $1,960.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8391 $747.50
11/7/2011 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3247 $862.50
4/21/2013 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108962 $705.10
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1784 $822.50
5/12/2013 PCGS PF 65   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 842 $1,211.00
5/4/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191656 $661.20
9/22/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1419 $1,667.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base586609631655678703727754781807829865941112413631673208723683506456550216651
5946166396636867117367637908148418901002120414661811218127473859471755640
0000007367637908148418901002120414661811218127473859471700
0000007457727988228539161063128315701949227431274212486900
1879 10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7497768028318608899189499821015104810821196131915051799225025853765475652056873
7587858128418708999289609931026105911201237138116031949236229784095490657610
0000009289609931026105911201237138116031949236229784095490600
00000093997110041037107111581278144317012100247333724426505500
1879 10C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2039209521522211227023312393245625212586265327212946318434363703398447935084538959037736
2058211421722231229023522414247825432608267627963025326835253797425448905186556065140
0000002414247825432608267627963025326835253797425448905186556000
0000002435249925642631269828713105335236143890452349875287573200
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 4565
Owner: 49er
 
Grade: PF 63 CAMEO
Points: 1505
Owner: Mike2011
 
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