Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,053,115
Catalog: KM-63.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.22 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 10C MS obverse 1839 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue was produced in quantity, and examples are plentiful across all circulated grades. Mint State are not especially rare, though the number of gems falls short of those for 1837 and 1838 Philadelphia Mint dimes. As the novelty of this coin type had worn off by 1839, examples have survived unworn by mere chance.

Most 1839 dime are well struck, though a few may show slight weakness in the shield, as this was the deepest part of the obverse die cavity. Blurred or incomplete denticles are sometimes seen, but these are more the result of die erosion than striking weakness.

Mostly minor varieties are known for the 1839 dime, including slight repunching of numerals 39. Fortin's F-105c with its obverse die shattered in a pie wedge pattern is extremely popular.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/15/2015

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1839 10C MS
Base $ 18.00 23.00 30.00 38.00 145 250 285 330 370 460 650 950 1500 3200 5500 13000 20000 - -
$ 160 - 310 360 400 500 700 1025 1850 3650 7000 15000 -

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Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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5/30/2005 NGC MS 68   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 154 $17,825.00
8/11/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4403 $2,415.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1510 $3,910.00
9/23/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3351, 3351/Lot# 1339 $60.00
8/30/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4343 $287.88
1/19/2014 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 787, 796/Lot# 10292 $250.00
9/7/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 213400 $260.00

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