Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.24 (11/19/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 10C MS obverse 1880 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Treasury was still working off its existing supply of dimes in 1880, and there was absolutely no demand for additional pieces. Those coined this year were intended to provide collectors and the public with an alternative to purchasing proofs, to discourage speculation in the latter and to keep the denomination current. The low mintage of 1880 dimes was not, as is often reported, due to the Mint being occupied with silver dollar coinage.

Many 1880 dimes were preserved in Mint State for their attractively low mintage, and worn pieces are the exception. These are quite rare, but the availability of Mint State examples holds their values in check. Only at the very highest grades is this issue rare.

Most survivors are faintly to fully prooflike, as the dies were not used enough to produce the textured frostiness normally associated with currency pieces. Some of these coins may be difficult to distinguish from actual proofs, and such determinations require professional certification.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2019

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1880 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 235 310 325 450 500 525 540 550 560 585 600 670 700 900 1400 2000 3400 14950 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 2200 4500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 11/19/2019 1880 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-314411424121113242132102--141
--------------1-1-13--6
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Total1-314411424121114242232115--147
 1 %-2 %1 %3 %3 %1 %1 %3 %1 %3 %1 %1 %7 %10 %16 %15 %22 %7 %3 %-- 
1880 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1----3----4
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Total------------1----3----4
 ------------25 %----75 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0847, 847/Lot# 1247 $436.00
12/12/2005 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 449 $2,300.00
1/15/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 122, 127/Lot# 418 $816.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2002 $978.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1374 $339.25
10/27/2014 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98279 $6,462.50
11/27/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131649/Lot# 21078 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111115729219751010106010921101113111701243172321942309277033804198
111111916889399861026107010951111114411941403188022322462297336520
0000006889399861026107010951111114411941403188022322462297300
0000008049579981043108110981121115712181563203722702616317600
1880 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336695838865106611381152117311931206121912521271135713931609204824643194608166427241
456743847932109011431159118011971210123012581300136914651755218727074156626868420
0000001159118011971210123012581300136914651755218727074156626800
0000001166118612021215124112651328138115371902232529515119645500
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3194
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2194
Owner: sweeper_dean
 
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