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: $1.99 (5/11/2021)
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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Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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1881 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 300 350 480 500 555 570 630 595 625 650 750 800 1180 1850 3800 6000 14000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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: 5/11/2021 1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-13716-127-4118191053---89
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Total1-13716-127-41181910541--91
 1%-1%3%8%1%7%-1%2%8%-4%12%9%21%11%5%4%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111151984686187489190392199310511278202924172786355546226124
11111173628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391051226430
000000628851865879895909945101211261528215825403042391000
000000737856869885899915969103112021778228726633298426600
1881 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base437725820908111011381173121312331252126513031333145015051869236833654141592264737061
533757849975111911501186122012391256127813131372146816262035270036244735610666697414
0000001186122012391256127813131372146816262035270036244735610600
0000001200122612461261129013231411148717482202303338825328628900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1265
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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