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: $1.13 (3/24/2019)
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: 3/23/2019

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1881 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 320 394 480 535 552 559 585 618 650 689 754 845 1070 1810 3800 6500 14500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 850 1250 1900 4500 7000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
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: 3/18/2019 1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-13816-116-41171911531--89
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Total1-13816-116-41171911542--91
 1 %-1 %3 %9 %1 %7 %-1 %1 %7 %-4 %12 %8 %21 %12 %5 %4 %2 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/4/2008 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2524, 2524/Lot# 1284 $532.00
9/17/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 1674 $1,035.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14291 $444.15
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine G   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21255 $235.00
7/9/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7231 $646.25
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 7737 $470.00
1/14/2018 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131804/Lot# 27282 $660.00
7/12/2018 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1277/Lot# 3051 $3,840.00


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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