Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 24,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.26 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 10C MS obverse 1881 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As the year 1881 dawned, the Treasury and its sub-Treasuries still had ample stocks of dimes on hand. The modest mintage of dimes for this year reflects a conscious decision to produce non-proofs whether they were needed or not. Unlike the 1879-80 dimes, which had similarly low mintages and remain common today, a certain portion of the 1881 total was abruptly needed for commerce when the Treasury vaults were drawn down by renewed demand. Thus, this date is noticeably more scarce than dimes dated 1879-80. As in those two years, however, the surviving population has a much higher percentage of Mint State pieces than for years in which dimes were coined by the millions.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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1881 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 300 350 480 500 555 570 585 595 625 650 750 800 1180 1850 3800 6000 14000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 850 1250 1900 4000 6500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 10/8/2019 1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-13816-117-41181911531--91
-------------------1--1
---------------1------1
------------------1---1
Total1-13816-117-41182011542--94
 1 %-1 %3 %9 %1 %6 %-1 %1 %7 %-4 %12 %9 %21 %12 %5 %4 %2 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/26/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0818, 818/Lot# 319 $436.00
10/5/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24102, 24102/Lot# 11441 $1,426.00
6/30/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131328/Lot# 28082 $440.63
12/5/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7534 $1,175.00
10/10/2014 PCGS VG 10   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14737 $217.38
5/12/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98254 $8,225.00
8/21/2019 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131935/Lot# 27327 $456.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111151984686187489190392199310511278202924172786355546226124
11111173628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391051220
000000628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391000
000000737856869885899915969103112021778228726633298426600
1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62064277486596611241179120612391271130313331363139314501609223333244217448249316541
627686804899101911421188121712501282131313431373141215031817259736224305463254680
0000001188121712501282131313431373141215031817259736224305463200
0000001197122812601292132313531383143115562025296039194394478100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1303
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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