1879 10C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
4687
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.50 grams
Mintage:
14,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 2,500 R-4.5 52 / 67 TIE 105 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 52 / 67 106 / 122
65 or Better 130 R-7.7 57 / 67 TIE 106 / 122 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 130
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-7.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 52 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 52 / 67
65 or Better 57 / 67 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 105 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 106 / 122
65 or Better 106 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade
#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#3 MS67+ PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1879, the production of Dimes took place only at the Philadelphia Mint, and the mintage was so small that one wonders why they even bothered. It was barely cost-effective to produce the dies and blanks, set up the press, and strike off 14,000 coins. However, for collectors, the creation of this rarity was a boon. Perhaps collectors were aware of the small mintage, as they put aside large quantities of Mint State examples. PCGS alone has certified over 200 Uncirculated 1879 Dimes. The high survival rate makes this an affordable rarity and, certainly, a good value.

Gerry Fortin has identified five different die pairs that were used to strike 1879 Dimes. This is an unusually large number for a date with such a low mintage, but it should be noted that four of the die pairs started out as Proofs, and three of those die pairs were used to strike Mint State examples at a later date.