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

1881 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4689
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
24,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$8,225 • NGC MS67 • 5-12-2015 • 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 700 R-5.6 34 / 67 TIE 68 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 36 / 67 74 / 122
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 31 / 67 TIE 67 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3450, $3,290 - Valley Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:239, $2,350

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:544, $4,312.50 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:147, $2,530

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

Heritage 2/2014:3450, $3,290 - Valley Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:239, $2,350

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:544, $4,312.50 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:147, $2,530

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:3553, $2,938

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1881 was another year in which Dime production dropped to an abysmally small amount -- a mere 24,000 coins -- all of which were produced at the Philadelphia Mint (and no other).  Though the mintage of the 1881 Dime is larger than that of the 1879, the 1881 is much more difficult to locate in most grades.  Mint State 1881 Dimes are rather scarce, and usually appear in MS63 and MS64.  Gems are particularly rare, and none are known above MS67+.

According to Dime researcher, Gerry Fortin, all of the 1881 Dimes were produced by a single die pair -- which had previously been used to strike Proofs.  Two additional die pairs were used to strike only Proof 1881 Dimes.