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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1870 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
4651
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.48 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
470,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,988 • PCGS MS66 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 30 / 67 TIE 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 30 / 67 TIE 60 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 23 / 67 TIE 53 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4305 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30265, $9,987.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:3982, $7,050

5 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4305 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30265, $9,987.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:3982, $7,050

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1870 Dime is a common coin, though it is not nearly as plentiful as some of the other large-mintage dates of later years.  Nonetheless, it is an affordable date in most grades.  

The typical Mint State 1870 Dime is MS63, with MS64 a close second.  Gems are available -- for a price - but none are known in MS67.

Gerry Fortin, who specializes in Liberty Seated Dimes, has identified six different die pairs (actually seven, but one [F-102] appears to have been delisted).  One die pair is Proof-only, another was used to strike both Proofs and Mint State examples.