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

1876 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4679
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
11,460,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$6,325 • PCGS MS67 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 54 / 67 TIE 108 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 450 R-6.1 53 / 67 107 / 122
65 or Better 70 R-8.3 51 / 67 TIE 100 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3697, $1,840 - Heritage 7/2011:3413, $1,495 - Heritage 1/2012:5489, $1,265

4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 12/6/2015:7355, $763.75

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3697, $1,840 - Heritage 7/2011:3413, $1,495 - Heritage 1/2012:5489, $1,265

4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 12/6/2015:7355, $763.75

4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1876, employees at the Philadelphia Mint produced a near-record number of Dimes -- over 11 mllion, second only to the massive mintage of over 12 million in 1853.  If all mints are considerd, 1876 was a banner year in which over 30 million Dimes flowed out of Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City.  This was a record production that far outstripped any previous year.  According to Walter Breen, this reason for this extra production was to replace the 10C Fractional Currency notes still in circulation.  

As might be expected, the 1876-P Dime is a very common coin, and one which can be found with ease in top conditions.  Gems, even up to MS66, are fairly plentiful (the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS66).  In Superb condition (MS67 and better), the 1876 Dime becomes very rare.  The finest example appears to be a single NGC MS67+, but the price record belongs to a PCGS MS67.

In 1876, William Barber created a new hub, thus two different reverses appear on 1876 Dimes.  On the old, Type 1 reverse, the ribbon on the left side of the reverse has a split end with two points; on the new, Type II reverse, the ribbon on the left side of the reverse comes to a single point.