1873 10C Arrows MS64 Certification #21688289, PCGS #4665
Obverse Dies: 23 Known
A common date in all grades except Mint State. 1873 With Arrows Mint State examples are more difficult to locate than their 1874 With Arrows counterpart. To date, twenty-three obverse dies have been identified after years of diligent searching.
Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Repunched 1, Traces of Repunching Are Visible Above the Left and Right Bases of the 1 Digit. Soft Light Gray Tone Throughout, Well Struck
In 1873, the Mint increased the weight of the dime from 2.48 grams to 2.50 grams. To identify the new coins, Mint employees added small arrowheads to either side of the date. This allowed easy identification of the old-style Dimes for potential withdrawal from circulation (although there was little incentive to do so since the face value of the old Dimes exceeded their intrinsic value).
This 1873 With Arrows Dime is fairly common in Mint State, particularly in MS62 to MS64. The best example is a single PCGS MS66+, a coin that once graced the Eugene H. Gardner Collection.