Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.24 (11/22/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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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.

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Last Updated: 11/15/2019

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1879 10C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 360 410 500 565 735 1160 1550 2675 8000 - -
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1879 10C PF CA
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1879 10C PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 300
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1879 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------383348694424104--243
----------------11----2
---------------1--1---2
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Total-----------383348704525114--247
 -----------1 %3 %13 %19 %28 %18 %10 %4 %2 %-- 
1879 10C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1181615411---56
------------------1---1
---------------1-1----2
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Total------------1181715512---59
 ------------2 %2 %14 %29 %25 %8 %20 %--- 
1879 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------11---2
 -----------------50 %50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
11/8/2007 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 193, 199/Lot# 5072 $517.50
12/16/2009 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 2785, 2785/Lot# 1196 $460.00
7/26/2012 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5577 $1,150.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1372 $1,821.25
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3994 $6,168.75
4/21/2013 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108962 $705.10
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 CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7497768028318608899189499821015104810821159120614211658204824643447488852056873
7587858128418708999289609931026105911081175127815001788218727923927499457610
0000009289609931026105911081175127815001788218727923927499400
00000093997110041037107111331190134915791918232531194408509900
1879 10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1242128113211361140314451488153315781625167217211799190720092908414145655084538959037736
1255129413341375141714591503154815941641168817471835194123093319428247385186556065140
0000001503154815941641168817471835194123093319428247385186556000
0000001518156316091656170517731871197526083730442449115287573200
1879 10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5866096316556787037277547818078299251005113812261433185221612960469450216651
5946166396636867117367637908148619521049116712951573195524273538480355640
0000007367637908148619521049116712951573195524273538480300
0000007457727988228939781094119713641712205826944116491200
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 4694
Owner: 49er
 
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