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

1871 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4653
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.48 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
906,750
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$8,050 • PCGS MS66 • 10-1-2008 • 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 400 R-6.2 23 / 67 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 27 / 67 TIE 54 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 23 / 67 TIE 53 / 122 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2009:831, $6,900

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3678, $5,750

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2006:877, $4,025 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98270, $5,581.25 - Heritage 4/2015:3851, $4,700 - Heritage 12/2015:3102, $3,995

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

Tom Bender Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2009:831, $6,900

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3678, $5,750

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2006:877, $4,025 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98270, $5,581.25 - Heritage 4/2015:3851, $4,700 - Heritage 12/2015:3102, $3,995

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1871, Dime production at the Philadelphia Mint ramped up to just over 900,000 coins, the largest mintage since 1861.  The 1871 Dime is not the cheapest example of the type, but it is one of the most affordable.  For some inexplicable reason, the 1871 Dime is more scarce in Mint State than even the 1870, which has almost half the mintage.  The most frequently-seen grade for this date is MS64, though that grade is flanked on either side by nearly equal quantities of MS63 and MS65 examples.  MS66 appears to be the highest possible grade, and there are several examples available at that level.

Thus far, researcher Gerry Fortin has identified fourteen different die pairs for the 1871 Dime.  Because of the large mintage, it is possible that new varieties are "out there" waiting to be discovered.