1873 10C Closed 3 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
4659
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.48 grams
Mintage:
1,508,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 15 / 67 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 22 / 67 TIE 46 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 19 / 67 TIE 45 / 122 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 7
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 22 / 67 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 67 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 46 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 45 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Linnemann Family Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1180, $1,293

5 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 10/2001:5987 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30267, $6,462.50

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Linnemann Family Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1180, $1,293

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 10/2001:5987 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30267, $6,462.50

Ron Guth:

The earliest Dimes of 1873 were of the same type as in previous years, without the arrowheads that appeared on either side of the date later in the year. There was a problem, though, with the first Dimes of the year. The 3 of the date looked too much like an 8 because the ends of the loops were too close together. This was corrected early in the year, resulting in the Close 3 and the Open 3 varieties.

The mintage of the Close 3 variety is over 1.5 million pieces compared to a mere 60,000 for the Open 3 variety. Though the population of PCGS-certified examples of both varieties is nearly equal, the quality of the Close 3s is higher overall. At the top end, the best example is a single NGC MS67 from the Gene Gardner Collection (recently sold for $6,462.50). MS63 is the most frequently seen grade.