Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,377,700
Catalog: KM-105
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.10 (2/10/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue was coined in large numbers, as it was anticipated that federal paper currency would shortly achieve value parity with silver coins. This did not come to pass for another couple of years, but the new issue of dimes featured opposed arrowheads to signify a very slight increase in weight. This was done in a nod to the Metric System, adoption of which was considered during the 1870s.

1873 Arrows Dimes are surprisingly scarce in Mint State for an issue of more than two million pieces. Gems are especially prized for their status as two-year-only type coins.

Gerry Fortin recorded 24 die marriages, all but one of these being unique uses of each die. Only Obverse 11 appears to have been paired with two reverse dies. The most collectable variety is doubled-die obverse F-103/FS-101.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/21/2015

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1873 ARROWS 10C MS
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 65.00 140 290 315 330 375 550 625 965 1850 4000 10500 - - - -
$ 155 - - 355 400 - - 1100 2100 4950 15250 - -

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Total Graded: 183
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/28/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1876, 1876/Lot# 1053 $1,485.00
9/9/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 72355 $1,167.10
1/20/2013 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131305/Lot# 22137 $51.00
9/22/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131340/Lot# 22102 $235.00
10/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3451, 3451/Lot# 1252 $1,292.50
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 292 $80.00
8/1/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3493, 6044/Lot# 20073 $581.63
3/1/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131510/Lot# 23090 $329.00
5/31/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23276 $211.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2064
Owner: jacmitch
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1363
Owner: Keith A Dagen
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