Liberty Seated Dimes

1860 to 1891 | Circulated Through EF45

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Liberty Seated Dime Purchase Criteria: eye appeal, original surfaces and full strikes including a full head.Seated dimes that meet these combined attributes provide the best value for the money including being the easiest for resale when upgrading a collection. It is recommended that buyers consider these criteria when contemplating a purchase from any dealer.

Top 100 Varieties: Any Seated dime that conforms to requirements for inclusion in a Top 100 Varieties is denoted in the Variety column.

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There are 75 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on December 6, 2017

Photo Date Grade TPG Top 100
Variety
GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 10C 1860O 1860-O
VF25
PCGS
28645590
F-101
Choice $3250 Key Date, Choice Original, Uniform Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Key Civil War date in a special preservation state. Serious Liberty Seated dime collectors recognize how difficult it is to located choice examples of the 1860 New Orleans date. Mintage is tiny at 40,000 with most being lost and rediscovered in Civil War battlefields. The there is the Type 1 obverse design hub that has weak relief and wears down quickly. Probably 80% of the surviving examples have some amount of environmental damage or have been repaired enough to be certified by the TPGs. This example is different and offers traditional gray patina that we associate with natural toned silver; it is one of the few I've seen. GFRC originally sold this example into the Newtown Collection after locating privately. Recently, the Newtown collector upgraded this example with the Under Construction PCGS VF35 CAC specimen, therefore one is being released back to the marketplace. If you are a passionate Liberty Seated dime fan, then consider this example even if your coin is a slightly higher grade. The eye appeal of the Newtown specimen should exceed most that are available. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with CAC approval.
Seated 10C 1860O 1860-O
F15 PCGS
28687066
Original $2050 Choice Original, Medium Gray Patina, Conservative Grading.. By now, advanced collectors of the Liberty Seated dime series are aware of the 1860 New Orleans challenge when completing a date/mintmark set. Even for my award winning Seated dime set, the 1860-O date was one of the last to be upgraded to AU CAC level. Most 1860-O dimes are seen with surface problems including porosity and retoning since they are pulled from Civil War sites by metal detector enthusiasts. Once silver is in the ground, the copper alloy will be attacked resulting in faint or not so faint porosity. Locating completely problem free examples will take years so when this lovely example was offered on consignment, I immediately agreed to handle. This example has experience nothing but honest wear and is covered with a thick gray patina. Surfaces are surprisingly blemish free and attractive. Finally, the grading is conservative since 1860 New Orleans strike has shallow relief and wore down quickly in the head and upper gown. I tend to grade this date by the shield and scroll, which for this offering, is well defined and more consistent with VF20 grade level. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS with new blue and white label and edge view insert. Serial number is 28687066. If you are in the market for an 1860 New Orleans dime, this please carefully inspect the images.
Seated 10C 1860O 1860-O
F15 raw
F-101
Market Acceptable $1425 Light Gray, Rare Date in Problem Free Condition, New Jersey Collection. A rare New Orleans date with meager of 40,000. Most examples are found well circulated and with problems since being dug up from Civil War battle sites. The offered example from the New Jersey Collection sat in a Library of Coins album for several decades and is now available. Surfaces are close to original with a light uniform gray patina. Blemishes are minimal and consistent with the assigned VG10 grade.
Seated 10C 1860S 1860-S
F12 PCGS
33450690
Original $285 Better Date, Original Gray, Accurately Graded, Saco River Collection. A better San Francisco date. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with mostly uniform gray patina. There are some scattered faint lines consistent with grade on the obverse. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the Saco River Collection.
Seated 10C 1860S 1860-S
EF45 PCGS
19290729
F-102
Original $800 Original Light Gray, Scarce at Grade Level, Accurately Graded. Always a difficult date that sells quickly when on the market. This example sports even light gray surfaces throughout obverse and reverse. Obverse strike is strong with nice head details while the reverse strike is typical with some weakness in the lower wreath leaves coupled with wear. Surfaces are blemish free with hints of remaining luster. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 10C 1861 1861
Type 2 Obverse
EF45 PCGS
28493384
F-108
Original $75 New December 6! Date Far Left, Crusty Original, Thick Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. If crusty original Liberty Seated dimes are your cup of tea, then please consider this nice 1861 Type 2 obverse example. Surfaces are covered with thick gray patina and blemish free. The F-108 die variety is easily diagnosed by a date punch that is position far left. Most 1861 Type 2 obverse dies have a date position measurement using the "1" denticle. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1861 1861
Type 2 Obverse
EF45
PCGS
27363993
F-115
Choice $100 New December 6! Double Die Reverse, Choice Original Gray, Complete Strike, Conservative Grading. 1861 Philadelphia Seated dimes are considered to be "common" per the pricing guides but locating quality examples will be quite challenging. I was pleased to acquire this choice original Type 2 obverse example for GFRC customer. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with classic gun metal gray patina. The F-115 brings an additional variety bonus with sharp die doubling in the oak leaves in lower right reverse. Housed in 2013 generation holder with edge view insert. CAC approval was a foregone conclusion due to originality and conservative graded.
Seated 10C 1862S 1862-S
VF20 PCGS
32208098
F-102
Original $450 Original Medium Gray, Scarce S Mint Date.. A strictly original piece with nice contrasting medium gray fields and lighter main devices. Grading 1862-S dimes can be challenging due to varying strike chacteristics and their wear patterns. Though PCGS has assigned a VF20 grade, I'm more at the F15 level on this piece. Problem free and always scarce. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1863 1863
VF Details PCGS
29486115
Market Acceptable $1150 Rare Civil War Date, Rich Copper-Gray Patina, Dark Verdigris, Reverse Solder Point, Accurately Graded, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. All Liberty Seated Philadelphia Civil War dates, 1863 through 1867, are challenging to locate in any grade. Most of the surviving examples are proofs or mint state pieces as few struck examples made it to circulation. This 1863 strike is accurately graded at the VF Details level. Surfaces are covered with a dark copper gray patina along with some ebony verdigris surrounding the legend. What appears to be a small solder point is visible on D(I)ME as the only sign of damage. This solder point appears to be too small for use as a jewelry piece. Priced accordingly and an excellent filler for a circulated date and mintmark set. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1864 1864
EF40 PCGS
82258650
F-102a
Original $2250 Rare Civil War Philadelphia Strike, Original Light Gray, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Mintage of 11,470 and an R5 rarity at all grade levels. Quality Civil War Philadelphia mint strikes have all but disappeared from the market given the overal popularity of the United States Civil War era with collectors. The AuburnNY Accordian Collection consignment brings an important opportunity with 1864 through 1867 dates being offered. This 1864 example has near choice original surfaces along with a bold strike made from previously used proof dies. Rims are quite sharp for a coin graded EF40 while there are no obvious circulation or handling blemishes to mention. Eye appeal is high as the toning is on the light gray side allowing all the device details to be easily visual with naked eye. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection that deserves attention and special consideration.
Seated 10C 1864S 1864-S
VF20 raw
F-101
Choice $345 Choice Original, Better Date, Even Gray Patina. Medium gray patina covers both obverse and reverse. Surfaces are blemish free and I would not hesitate to have this piece graded by the TPGs as so original.
Seated 10C 1864S 1864-S
EF40 PCGS
18540826
F-101
Original $650 Better San Francisco Date, Original Surfaces, Medium Gray, Typical Strike, Under Construction Collection. Though the 1864-S date is the most available among the 1861-S through 1867-S Civil War "dates", locating a quality example will take patience. When a quality set comes to market, the 1864-S date is typically well represented as nice original specimens can be had. This GFRC offered example is all there for the assigned PCGS EF40 grade. Surfaces are toned an even light gray with some golden hues under a light source. Strike is nearly complete with well defined STATES OF on the obverse; a typical problem area for some Civil War working dies. A close 10x loupe inspection revealed no blemishes to discuss. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. From the Under Construction Liberty Seated Dime set on the www.seateddimevarieties.com Open Registry.
Seated 10C 1865 1865
VF20 PCGS
33437110
F-101a
Original HOLD
$1495
Rare Civil War Date, Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. All Philadephia Seated dime dates between 1863 and 1867 have very low mintages. Small denomination coinage had disappeared from circulation during the Civil War along with the mint having difficulties with procuring adequate silver bullion to service eastern Union commerce demands. 1865 mintage is only 10,000 pieces with most survivors being in mint state due to being preserved by local collectors. This 1865 example managed to enter circulation and survived with light wear. Surfaces are covered with crusty gun metal gray patina with embedded rose and gold hues. Strike is typical. Repunching between the 8 and 6 digits validates the business strike. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An important better date Seated dime offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1865S 1865-S
VF20
PCGS
19028191
F-102
Choice $725 Small Thin S of 1861, Poorly Struck Date, Choice Original, Light Gray, Golden Hues, Conservative Grading, Under Construction Collection. CAC Approval July 2017. 1865 San Francisco strikes are notorious for having flat heads. The worst case strikes for obverse weakness are those struck with Obverse 1 resulting in F-101 and F-102 die pairings. Given the weak strikes, the grading services have a difficult time with accurate grading. Since the default is to be conservative with strike versus true wear, this date is oftern conservatively graded as is the case here. Surfaces are essentially choice with light gray patina. There is a well toned faint blemish on the left facing breast that is mentioned for accuracy. Die erosion is immediately noted on the Small Thin S reverse that was left over from 1861, yes....1861. The denticles are completely effaced. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. From the Under Construction Liberty Seated Dime set on the www.seateddimevarieties.com Open Registry. Please give strictly original example special consideration.
Seated 10C 1865S 1865-S
F15 PCGS
85100422
F-101
Original $385 Challenging Date, Natural Gray Patina, Typical F-101 Strike, Accurately Graded, New Jersey Collection. 1865 San Francisco strikes from the F-101 die pair are notorious for having flat heads. This strictly original example is so typical with upper head weakness. Surfaces are covered with a natural gray patina. There are several old and well toned over obverse lines in the left field that do not track. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A quality offering from the New Jersey Collection.
Seated 10C 1865S 1865-S
EF40 PCGS
27451447
F-103
Original $1750 Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. 1865 San Francisco dimes saw heavy circulation in the western United States and many were problematic with weak obverse strikes. Locating a strictly original example with partially raised head is a major challenge as so many in TPG holders have been net graded for surface issues. This F-103 example is no question original with thick gun metal gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. Strike is typical to slightly better for the F-103 die pairing. Reverse die is heavily eroded with most denticles worn away. In hand appearance would like to a Choice quality rating as the eye appeal is quite high. I've assigned an Original rating due to a toned over line in the mid left field between left facing forearm and UNITE(D). Reverse is fully blemish free and essentially a gem for the grade level. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. Another rare and quality duplicate from the Florida Collection for an advanced Liberty Seated dime collection.
Seated 10C 1866 1866
VG08 NGC
2656918006
F-102a
Original $1550 Rare Civil War Date, Near Choice Original, Light Gray Toning, Accurately Graded, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. All Philadephia Seated dime dates between 1863 and 1867 have very low mintages. Small denomination coinage had disappeared from circulation during the Civil War along with the mint having difficulties with procuring adequate silver bullion to service eastern Union commerce demands. 1866 mintage is only 8,000 pieces with most survivors being in mint state due to being preserved by local collectors. This 1866 example offers near choice original surfaces that are covered with light gray patina. Obverse rim is sharp with well defined denticles while the reverse is complete but well worn. Blemishes are limited to a few ancient contact marks that are toned over. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge insert. An important better date Seated dime offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1866 1866
EF40 NGC
4183471014
F-102b
Original HOLD
$2250
Rare Civil War Philadelphia Date, Crusty Original, Olive-Gray Patina, Undergraded, Clashed Reverse Die State, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Is this 1866 dime really graded EF40? When viewing any coin for the first time, I tried to focus initially on the coin, define my own grade and then verifying with the TPG label. In the case of this crusty original 1866 Philadelphia strike, my first assessment was EF45 and I stand by that grade. When EF40 or EF45, the 1866 date is a rarity in all grades being and an R5+ at the EF/AU level according to Greer. Mintage is only 8,725. Surfaces are covered with thick olive-gray patina and there is one tiny reverse line in the field about denomination that is completely toned obverse. This piece was struck from F-102a reverse die with heavy die clashing. Housed in newer NGC with edge view insert. A fantastic offering from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection and perfect for an advanced date and mintmark set.
Seated 10C 1866S 1866-S
VF30 PCGS
29898607
F-101
Original $475 Original Gray/Gold Patina, Typical Strike, Weak S, Conservative Grading, Tenafly Collection. 1866 San Francisco struck dimes are so difficult to grade due to striking issues. Nearly all F-101 examples will be seen with weak definition of Liberty's head and (OF AME)RICA along with partial or missing mintmark. This date and variety present an ongoing headache for the numismatic community as examples with missing mintmark are mistakely offered as the more expensive 1866 Philly strike. Even the TPGs struggle with this issue based on personal experience. The offered example, from the Tenafly Collection, is conservatively graded at VF30 due to strike. Original surfaces are covered with mottled gray and gold patina. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with only a faint line at the top of the shield being noted during careful 10x loupe inspection. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1866S 1866-S
VF20 PCGS
85100423
F-101
Original $395 Original Light Gray, Fully Struck, Scarce Date, Conservatively Graded, Massachusetts Collection. A fully struck 1866 San Francisco F-101 dime from the Massachusetts Collection. Just upgraded and ready to locate a new home in reside in a Whitman or Dansco album. Surfaces are light gray with a well defined Weak S mintmark and no chance to mistake this piece as a Philadelphia strike. There are no blemishes to mention either. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1866S 1866-S
EF45
NGC
3006633014
F-101
Choice $1275 New November 30! Choice Original, Dirty Gray Patina, Well Struck, Accurately Graded, Highwood Collection. The F-101 1866-S die pairing is often confused for a Philadelphia strike due to the weak small S mintmark that is faintly visible on some examples. Many of these mis-attributed pieces will be in lower grades. This F-101 offering, from the Highwood Collection, is at a grade level not often seen for the date. Surviving examples top out at the EF45 level with just a hand full at the AU grade level per PCGS population report. To further drive home the point of scarcity in upper circulated grades, a check of the CAC population report revealed 13 total approved with only two in EF45, one at AU50 and another at AU55. That is all at the popular collector grade levels. Therefore this offering is very important and deserves serious attention. Surfaces are strictly original and covered with thin dirty gray patina. Strike is well executed for a Civil War San Francisco era piece. I'm also comfortable with the grading. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert and CAC approval.
Seated 10C 1866S 1866-S
EF40
PCGS
28687073
F-101
Choice $800 Crusty Original, Natural Medium Gray Patina, Strong Strike, Weak S Mintmark, Newtown Collection. Another important duplicate offering from the Newtown Collection that deserves special consideration. This 1866 San Francisco strike is the F-101 die pairing with weak S mintmark. In some cases, the mintmark is barely visible and often mistaken by inexperienced dealers as a Philly mint strike. The downward sloping date is the important diagnostics as Philly strikes have an upward sloping date. This example is fully original with natural crusty grade patina. Strike is quite good for this date and mint with only a touch of weakness at the upper head and on the upper left wheat grains on the reverse. Surfaces are essentially blemish free with only a faint micro line from Liberty's left facing breast to stomach area; this line is mentioned for 100% accuracy as no other dealer would bother at this level. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1866S 1866-S
EF40 PCGS
27947834
F-101
Original $725 Original Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded. A darker toned F-101 example with a strong mintmark as compared to many seen with only traces of the lower remaining. Accurately graded with surfaces that are covered with a crusty gray patina that reveals nice rose highlights under a bright light. The reverse has a more pronounced gun metal gray in the lower wreath. Strike is better than average with a strong obverse rim and full neckline on Liberty. Fields are essentially mark free with only a few random lines under the toning that do not detract. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder with blue/white label and three prong ring insert.
Seated 10C 1867S 1867-S
VF35 ANACS OWH
2786342
F-101
Original $600 New November 25! Original, Scarcer of Two Die Pairings, Golden Gray with Mottled Blues, Typical Strike, Upstate New York Collection. 1867 San Francisco examples are always challenging to locate. Low survival rates choice and flat strikes are ongoing issues. This example, from the Upstate New York Collection, is perfectly original with a base layer of golden gray patina. Deeper mottled blue is more predominant on the reverse. Strike is typical for the date and F-101 die pairing with flat head and weak gown line. Housed in ANACS old white holder and the second time handled by GFRC.
Seated 10C 1867S 1867-S
VF30 PCGS
31339277
F-102
Original $525 Original, Even Charcoal Gray, Accurately Graded. . Uniform medium gray patina covers the surfaces of this original 1867 San Francisco dime. Obverse has a light region in the toning to the left of Liberty. There are two faint lines on the obverse that are fully toned over. Few 1867-S examples come to market in a year's time as so scarce in all grades. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder without a CAC attempt.
Seated 10C 1870 1870
VF35 PCGS
32617829
TOP #54
F-104
Original $150 Medium gray, original, obverse marks. A crusty original example of the popular 1870 repunched date variety. Surfaces are toned a medium to dark gray with a few random ticks on the obverse. Reverse is blemish free. Fresh to market and housed in new 2015 PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1871CC 1871-CC
VG10
11785002
F-101
Choice $4500 Rare Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Even Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Cleveland Collection. For collectors attempting to complete a Liberty Seated dime date and mintmark set, this choice 1871-CC offering might be interesting. I'll go on record and indicate that I really like this example and would have enjoyed within my own early collection if available at the time. Surfaces are unabraided with uniform natural gray patina throughout obverse and reverse. The color uniformity throughout the entire coin is attractive as is the even wear. This 1871-CC dime was carefully selected by the Cleveland Collection owner and I can attest to his diligence when purchasing four figure coins. Housed in a Dominion Grading Service holder, a Dave Lawrence grading service that is no longer in existence. Just treat this offering as a raw coin with considering as no question original and choice at the VG10 grade level. No traces of porosity either.
Seated 10C 1872 1872
VG8 raw
TOP #56
F-105
Original $115 Double Die Reverse 180 Degrees, Top 100 Variety, Original Gray, Great Value Example. A value example of the Top 100 Double Die Reverse variety. Obverse is original gray while the reverse has lighter color. There is a field divot on the upper reverse above ON€.
Seated 10C 1872 1872
VF20 raw
F-115
Original $395 Double Die Reverse, Second Die Pairing, Crusty Original Gray, Blemish Free. The second obverse die pairing later identified after initial publicity surrounding the F-105 die pair and placement into Top 100 Varieties set. Toning is an even light to medium gray on this rare variety. 1872 double die reverses were cherrypicked after Coin World announcement and few are coming to the market. This is chance to acquire an original and problem free mid grade example at a reasonable price.
Seated 10C 1872 1872
Double Die Reverse
F15 raw
TOP #56
F-105
Original $195 New October 20! Doubled Die Reverse, Original Gray with Ebony, Typical Strike, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A mid grade example of the 1872 double die reverse. Reverse die was hubbed twice with first hubbing 180 degrees out of phase with second hubbing. Remnants of the first hubbing are seen in the lower right wreath to the right of the lower corn ears. Surfaces are original with base layer of gray patina along with ebony highlights. There are a few scattered tick to consider. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #56. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1872 1872
EF45 raw
TOP #57
F-106
Original $115 Repunched Date, Original Light Gray, Typical Strike, Scarce Variety. Accurately graded but with weak upper obverse strike as is so typical for the variety. Surfaces are strictly original with light gray patina. Repunching inside the date digits is clear and consistent with variety diagnostics.
Seated 10C 1872 1872
EF45 PCGS
29200347
TOP #56
F-105
Choice $1350 Double Die Reverse, Choice Original, Old Album Toning, Typical Strike, Accurately Graded, Cleveland Collection. The 1872 Double Die Reverse die variety is an important addition to any Top 100 Set. Nearly all example seen will have a weak obverse strike, especially at Liberty's head and gown line; this is the way the F-105 die variety is found. Many examples have been cherrypicked since the 175 degree rotated hubbing error was discovered back in 1999 and published in the Gobrecht Journal during 2003. I've seen a decent number of the cherrypicked examples with this Cleveland Collection offering being one of the nicest. Lovely blues surround rose colored centers on both the obverse and reverse. The coloring is stronger on the obverse and most attractive. Surfaces are blemish free and the grading is accurate for the variety. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder and deserving a place in an advanced Top 100 Varieties set.
Seated 10C 1872CC 1872-CC
VF35 PCGS
32053012
F-101
Choice $9975 Choice Original, Blemish Free, Strike Weakness as Typical for Date, Undergraded, Florida Collection. Any of the big four Carson City Seated dime dates (1871 through 1874) are always in demand. The challenge is locating choice example with no porosity or other surface problems. Too many marginal examples are currently found in TPG holders therefore caution is always advised during the evaluation and purchase process. The 1872 date is the easier of the four dates to locate given its mintage of 35,480. PCGS has graded 16 examples in VF35 and only 6 in EF40. One of the challenges in grading this date is strike variability. Some examples are found with strike weakness at the head and gown line. Case in point is this choice original offering from the Florida Collection. While the surfaces are entirely blemish free and choice, the strike has typical weakness at the head and on portions of the reverse wreath. A close inspection of the scroll edges indicates minimal wear with this example being full EF40. However, PCGS decided to net grade the strike and assigned a VF35 grade. If you are in the market for an above average 1872 Carson City dime, then look no further. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. An important offering from the Florida Collection that deserves special consideration.
Seated 10C 1872CC 1872-CC
VF25
PCGS
25243122
F-101
Choice $4950 Important Carson City Strike, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Newtown Collection. Carson City dimes from 1875 to 1877 are fairly plentiful, but the initial issues (1871-CC through 1874-CC) from the legendary Old West facility are rare and always draw attention when offered. Many example from the early Carson City mint timeframe are encountered with granular surfaces or show other problems. Planchets were not to the required 90%:10% Silver: Copper alloy since copper was a scarce metal in the southwest. As a result planchets had a higher percentage silver with the lack of copper resulting in faster environmental damage. This choice original stone-gray and aquamarine specimen has pleasing surfaces aside from a single thin mark to the left of the date at the denticles. LIBERTY is sharper than would be expected for the assigned VF25 grade but the balance of the strike is weak; especially on the reverse. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with that all important CAC approval. A quality Carson City duplicate being offered by the Newtown Collection that should not last long. This example appeared at Tampa FUN show HA auction and is priced at the same level.
Seated 10C 1872CC 1872-CC
F12 NGC
1827432006
F-101
Choice $2750 Choice Original Gray, Rare Carson City Date, Conservative Grading. A choice original example struck by the Carson City mint during 1872. Though the 1872 date is the least challenging to locate amoung the big four Carson City dates (1871-CC, 1872-CC, 1873-CC, 1874-CC), finding strictly original and problem free examples is a completely different story. At GFRC, I believe in offering original coins and this also applies to the challenging Carson City dates from 1871 through 1874. One can always locate examples of these four dates as they appear at auction on a semi regular basis. More difficult is locating examples that are strictly original with no porosity or being messed with by those who attempt to enhance and retone surfaces. This piece is fully original with just honest wear. Surfaces are toned a natural light to medium gray and there are no blemishes to note. The Y in LIBERTY is weak but I have seen the TPGs assign a tad stronger grade due to originality on Carson City pieces. Housed in new NGC holder and fresh to market without CAC attempt. Fairly priced for the quality.
Seated 10C 1873 1873
No Arrows Closed 3
VF25 raw
TOP #59
F-103
Original $50 Repunched Date, Top 100 Varieties, Original Gray. . Light to medium gray toning. The repunching at the base of the date digits is difficult to see due to vedigris but the upward sloping date and positioning obvious match the repunched date obverse. There is a line through Liberty's mid section that is toned over.
Seated 10C 1873 1873
Double Die Obverse
G06 PCGS
29820304
TOP #60
Original $800 Double Die Obverse, Original Gray Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties #60, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Another popular Top 100 Varieties set listing with bold doubling of the upper shield lines. This example is accurate graded with full reverse rims and nearly complete obverse rims. Full rims on both obverse and reverse are typically required for a VG08 designation. Surfaces have honest circulation and a light gray patina. The shield doubling is visible at the upper right top of the shield. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. The PCGS label carries the appropriate attribution with "Arrows DDO FS-101, F-103." A quality low grade offering that is strictly original from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1873 1873
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
82403949
F-113
Original $140 With Arrows Type, Original Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Ft. Lauderdale Collection . Original toned surfaces are covered with rich gun metal patina. Strike is typical for the date. There are a few scattered toned over blemishes that are consistent for the graded. Accurately graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. An original Seated type coin offering from the Ft. Lauderdale Collection.
Seated 10C 1873CC 1873-CC
With Arrows
VG10 NGC
1872762012
F-101
Original $3800 Rare Carson City Date, Original Charcoal Gray Patina, Obverse Marks, Accurately Graded, Under Construction Collection. The 1873 With Arrows Carson City date is always in the shadows of the series key; the 1874-CC date. Mintage for earlier 1873 strikes is a low 18,791 with most being found with problems or having restoration attempts. Few choice examples are known with most having weak strikes at the head and reverse wreath. I've assigned an original quality rating for this example given the thick charcoal gray patina that covers both obverse and reverse and believe the surfaces are unmolested. Strike is typical for the date with a weak head contrasted with raised scroll edges and all letters in Liberty being fully formed and visible. Grading is 100% accurate and fair. The obverse has two notable marks including a disturbance in the denticles below the 18 date digits and another in the right obverse field. Housed in old NGC holder with standard ring insert. From the Under Construction Liberty Seated Dime set on the www.seateddimevarieties.com Open Registry. An important opportunity to accurate a Seated dime key date with original surfaces at a fair price.
Seated 10C 1873S 1873-S
EF45 PCGS
28172779
Original $375 Small S Left, Original Light Gray, Accurately Graded, Gerry Fortin Collection. . Another offering from the Gerry Fortin collection dating back to a 1994 purchase and recently certified. Surfaces are covered with a uniform light gray patina. This is well struck example with a tad of weakness at Liberty head and the upper left wreath wheat grains. Housed in 2013 generation PCGS holder. An important With Arrows S mint offering.
Seated 10C 1874 1874
With Arrows
VF30 PCGS
26678702
F-112
Original $85 Original Crust Gray, With Arrows Type Coin, Accurately Graded. West Coast Collection. . Crusty gray patina covers both obverse and reverse surfaces. No blemishes seen during 10x loupe inspection but there is some minor vedrigris on the reverse below DIM(E). Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. A decent candidate as a With Arrows type coin at this price level.
Seated 10C 1874 1874
VF25 raw
F-115
Original $65 Original Medium Gray, Decent Type Coin. . Original medium gray tone with choice obverse devices. Reverse has faint toned over line through ONE. A decent With Arrows type coin.
Seated 10C 1874 1874
With Arrows
VF20
PCGS
26678703
F-112
Original $70 Crusty Original Gray, Honest Wear, CAC Approval.. Blemish free surfaces are covered with medium gray patina that is strictly original. Housed in slightly older PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert. Definitely an inexpensive type coin with CAC approval.
Seated 10C 1874 1874
VF35 NGC
3468647008
F-104
Original $165 Under Graded, Original, Bold Repunched Left Arrow, Florida Collection. . Undergraded as I would easily call EF40 or better outside of holder. A strong type coin offering with original gray patina. Bold strike and wonderful example of the variety. Housed in newer NGC holder. How can you go wrong with this offering at the asking price?
Seated 10C 1874CC 1874-CC
VF Details PCGS
85179464
F-101
Original $7500 Original Surfaces, Punched and Tooled, Rare Date and Grade, Osprey Collection. Just back from PCGS graded and certified as VF Details which is a tad conservative on the assigned grade. A no question strictly original example of the 1874 Carson City key date for completing a Liberty Seated dime date and mintmark set. Surfaces have no indications of porosity, after careful 10x loupe inspection, which is so common on most examples. Strike is quite good with a nearly complete head. The strike has a long ago reverse punch at the denominations that left an extrusion on the obverse. The obverse extrusion was then tooled down leaving a untoned circular region at Liberty's knees. Therefore, this piece will not grade and is targeted for a collector building a Dansco or Whitman album set and needing to fill that 1874-CC hole. Given the number of banged up and porous pieces seen over the years, this EF40 example should fit nicely into an EF or AU grade set without breaking the bank. From the Osprey Collection. I believe the asking price is fair based on CoinFacts auction records for problem 1874-CC examples.
Seated 10C 1874CC 1874-CC
G6 PCGS
15860233
F-101
Original $12225 No Question Series Key Date, Honest Wear, No Issues, Accurately Graded, Florida Collection. GFRC is pleased to be handling yet another 1874 Carson City dime. This example is CAC approved and resides in old blue label PCGS with standard ring insert. Surfaces have seen considerable honest wear but are completely blemish free. Mintage is only 10,817 with maybe 200 pieces extant is all grades and preservation states. Near all 1874-CC dimes are found some varying problems so the opportunity to purchase a CAC approved speciment warrants special attention. Toning is a uniform medium gray. Another rare date offering from the Florida Collection.
Seated 10C 1875 1875
VF30 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Original $125 New October 20! Misplaced 1 Digit in Denticles, Original Gray Decent Strike, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A popular misplaced digit die variety due to a bold top of 1 digit protruding upward from the denticles. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with light gray patina. This is a nice original example that will easily gray. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #63. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1875 1875
F15 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Original $75 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Original, Top 100 Varieties #63.. Nice problem free example with darker gray patina. Conservative grading and perfect for a mid grade Top 100 set.
Seated 10C 1875 1875
EF45+ raw
Choice $60 Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Unlisted Die Pairing. . Surfaces are covered with crusty medium gray patina along with golden hues at obverse and reverse rims. There is a significant die crack in the reverse left wreath. Unlisted in the Gerry Fortin web-book on Liberty Seated dimes. Strictly original example.
Seated 10C 1875 1875
EF45 raw
TOP #63
F-107
Choice $195 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Choice Original, Crusty Gray Patina, Popular Variety. A crusty original example with thick gun metal gray patina. About as nice an example seen for the assigned grade and the misplaced 1 digit protruding from the denticles.
Seated 10C 1875 1875
EF45 PCGS
33010521
TOP #63
F-107
Original $185 Misplaced 1 in Denticles, Crusty Original, Conservative Grading, Top 100 Varieties #63. . Wow! Talk about a Liberty Seated dime that is the definition of crusty original along with being the popular F-107 Misplaced Date variety. Surfaces are covered with thick golden gray patina that should be suitable for CAC approval. PCGS grading is conservative due to the crusty patina as the device details are more consistent with AU grade level. There are no blemishes to discuss while strike is typical for the variety. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder. A perfect Top 100 variety set example that is value priced.
Seated 10C 1875CC 1875-CC
Below Wreath
VG10 PCGS
26580395
F-113
Original $65 Below Wreath, Original Uniform Gray Patina, West Coast Collection. A strictly original 1875 Below Wreath Carson City dime with crusty gray surfaces. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert. This dime is essentially blemish free but the holder is a bit old and has some wear that appears in the images.
Seated 10C 1875CC 1875-CC
Below Wreath
VF30 PCGS
90115837
F-101
Original $85 Crusty Original Gray, West Coast Collection. I don't often see the F-101 die pairing for Below Wreath Carson City dimes. This example was struck by an eroded obverse die which is in a later die state than listed in the Seated dime web-book. Surfaces are covered with crusty original medium gray patina. There are are few scattered blemishes that are fully toned over. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 10C 1875CC 1875-CC
In Wreath
VF20 raw
F-107b
Original $115 Filled Die At Liberty's Head, Original Surfaces, Rare Filled Die Error, Indiana Collection. One of the most dramatic Seated coinage filled die varieties available to collectors of the odd and unique. This 1875 Carson City In Wreath example is listed as F-107b in the Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Die Variety Collectors. Liberty's head is completely filled by die grease as is the upper left facing shoulder. Each F-107b example seen has different die fill characteristics with this example being quite dramatic. Surfaces are completely original. There is an old mechanic bank ring mark on the reverse to consider. From the Indiana Collection.
Seated 10C 1875CC 1875-CC
Below Wreath
EF45 raw
F-107
Market Acceptable $135 Bold Strike, Die Crack At Date, Old Wipe. Below Wreath dimes are always in demand especially in EF or better grades. This example offers a strong strike along with overall appearance that is consistent with the F-107 web-book plate coin. Obverse is in a late die state with significant denticle erosion while the reverse is between the D and D.2 die states. This dime does have an old wipe as just a tad too bright to be original. There are no hairlines or blemishes worth noting.
Seated 10C 1875CC 1875-CC
In Wreath
EF45 ANACS OWH
2672649
F-106b
Original HOLD
$225
New October 22! In Wreath, R5 Rarity Die State, Reverse Rim Cud, Light Gray with Golden Rims, Accurately Graded, Wisconsin Collection. The F-106b die state is rarely seen with this Wisconsin Collection offering being only the third known specimen to me. The other two example are illustrated in the F-106b web-book listing. During a late die state, the reverse degrades and crackes. A rim cud forms between 6:00 to 7:00 below the ribbon bow and left ribbon end. This die state is considered to be at least R5 in VF or better grades. This new specimen is housed in ANACS old white holder and accurately graded at EF45 level. Original surfaces are mostly light gray with golden rings at the rims. Strike is nearly complete while surfaces are entirely blemish free. An important Liberty Seated dime die variety offering from the Wisconsin Collection.
Seated 10C 1876 1876
EF45 raw
TOP #68
F-104
Cleaned $50 Scarce Double Die Reverse, Top 100 Varieties. Light From Old Clean, Indiana Collection. Cleaned with lots of contact marks; essentially a filler for a Top 100 Varieties set until a better example can be located.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
VG8 raw
TOP #74
F-111
Original $45 New October 20! Misplaced Double 76 Digits, Original Gray, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Another popular 1876 Carson City die variety due to a double set of misplaced 76 digits in the shield and to the right of the scroll end. Surface are toned a light to medium gray with no blemishes to mention. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #74. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
VG10 raw
TOP #72
F-107
Choice $45 New October 20! Doubled Die Obverse, Greer Reverse B, Upward Sloping Mintmark, Choice Original, Deep Gray Patina, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Always popular and easily cherrypicked due to the bold die doubling on OF AMERICA. A choice original example with deep gray patina. There are no blemishes to mention. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #72. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
Type I Reverse
VF 35 raw
TOP #70
F-105
Original $285 Rare Die Pairing, Doubled Die Obverse with Greer Reverse C, Right C Lower than Left C. This is the earliest die state pairing for the Doubled Die Obverse and few examples were struck. Reverse C is easily identified by the downward sloping mintmark paired with obverse that has bold doubling within OF AMERICA. Rare in all grades. The offered piece is not perfect with an obverse rim mark at 9:00. Otherwise the fields are blemish free and a nice original gray. As Top 100 collecting increases in popularity, this is one variety will be see price increases due to its rarity.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
Gen (AU50) PCGS
31556823
F-131
Choice $145 Pimple Die Obverse, Original AU Surfaces, Another PCGS Grading Casualty, West Coast Collection. Another 1876 Carson City dime that ends up in a mistakely graded PCGS holder. PCGS struggles with rusted die surfaces on many of the 1876-CC DDO F-107 strikes along with the Pimple Die obverse on F-131. The surfaces have the appearance of environmental damage when the exact opposity is true. The dime is original AU with uniform gray patina that that shifts to golden hues under a light source. The die states is early for the variety as I've seen much later die rusted examples. There are no blemishes whatsoever and strike complete. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with Genuine designation. 1876 Carson City dimes just don't get an respect.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
G04 raw
F-108
Original $25 New October 20! Double Die Reverse, Original Light Gray, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. Bold die doubling is seen in the reverse denomination. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
F15 raw
TOP #70
F-105
Original $165 New October 20! Double Die Obverse, Challenging Greer Reverse C, Mintmark Slope Down, Original Gun Metal Gray, Problem Free, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. A strictly original example of the challenging Double Die Obverse paired with Greer Reverse C. Reverse C has a downward sloping mintmark and is scarce in all grades. Surfaces are blemish free and covered with thick gun metal gray patina. Listed in the Top 100 Varieties as #70. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
Seated 10C 1876CC 1876-CC
Type I Reverse
VF30 PCGS
24171091
F-116a
Choice $85 Choice Original, Rusted Obverse, Cracked Reverse Die, Accurately Graded. . An accurately graded 1876 Carson City example with strictly original surfaces and medium gray patina. This piece is well struck with typical late die state device weakness. The diagnostic reverse die crack at 3:00pm is obvious under 10x loupe. Surfaces are blemish free. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.
Seated 10C 1876S 1876-S
VF35 raw
F-119
Market Acceptable $40 Misplaced 8 in Denticles, Obverse Cleaned/Retoned, R4 Variety, Indiana Collection.
Seated 10C 1877 1877
VF30 raw
TOP #76
F-105
Choice New Price
$235
Rare Misplaced Date Offering, Choice Original for Variety, Indiana Collection. A rare Top 100 variety that is currently underrated at today's pricing levels. I've searched for this variety for several decades and have located only two examples with both being in circulated grades. Top 100 set building should immediately jump on this example and not think too hard. This choice example is covered with medium gun metal gray patina and conservatively graded. The $250 asking price is a bargain considering the amount of searching that will be necessary to locate a better example. From the Indiana Collection.
Seated 10C 1877CC 1877-CC
Type II Reverse
VF30 PCGS
30887638
Original $90 Crusty Original Gray, . An unlisted Type II reverse die pairing with crusty original gray surfaces. Close inspection of the reverse image will reveal heavy metal stress lines below the upper left wheat grains. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder.
Seated 10C 1878 1878
VF35 raw
F-104
Original $95 Type I Reverse, R5, Orignal, Even Gray/Rose Patina, Accurately Grade. . The first F-104 Type I reverse example handled at GFRC other than a mint state example in personal collection. Type I reverse dimes are very scarce in any grade with the F-104 being a rare die pairing. Surfaces are strictly original with even gray and rose patina that transitions to rich gold under bright light. This specimen should be priced at the $150 level if choice. There is fully toned over scrap on the base directly above the date and a few other scattered blemishes that are not distracting. It may be years before I locate another Type I F-104 this nice.
Seated 10C 1878 1878
Type 2 Reverse
VF30 raw
F-105
Original $65 Type II Reverse, Dark Gray and Ebony Patina.. Ample remaining device details though the strike is a tad weak. Original surfaces are uniformly toned with ebony and gray shades.
Seated 10C 1878CC 1878-CC
F12 raw
F-103
Original $310 Difficult Carson City Date, Original, Gun Metal Gray Patina, Accurately Graded.. A strictly original 1878 Carson City F-103 example with lapped Type II reverse die and downward sloping mintmark. By now, Liberty Seated dime specialist understand that all Type II reverse dies used to strike 1878 dimes were lapped before beginning production. The results is a one to two grade difference between obverse (stronger) and reverse (weaker). This F-103 example is slightly better than average with respect to the obverse to reverse grade difference. Surfaces are covered with gun metal gray patina and are essentially blemish free. The obverse grades a full Fine 12 with slightly raised scroll. The reverse rim is almost worn through at 10:00 which is typical. Please note the downward sloping mintmark that easily identifies the F-103 die pairing.
Seated 10C 1887 1887
EF40
PCGS
21327233
Original $75 Original Gray, Conservative Grading, West Coast Collection. Housed in old blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert. CAC approval is warranted due to the strict originality. Full description shortly.
Seated 10C 1887S 1887-S
VF35 raw
TOP #82
F-104
Original New Price
$80
Repunched Mintmark, Light Gray Surfaces, Top 100 Varieties, Indiana Collection. 1887 San Francisco die varieties are plentiful with two varieties (F-104 and F-107) being included in the Top 100 Varieties set. The F-104 variety features a boldly repunched mintmark as seen in the upper loop of the final S mintmark punch. This example, from the Indiana Collection, exhibits light uniform gray toning over original surfaces. There are several staining patches on the reverse to consider.
Seated 10C 1887S 1887-S
EF45
PCGS
28715664
TOP #83
F-107
Original $650 Shattered Reverse, Top 100 Variety, Strictly Original Example with Natural Luster, Accurately Graded, Scarce This Nice, Cleveland Collection. . Let's open the description with a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. A condition census example of the extremely popular 1887-S shattered reverse die variety that is required for every Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Die Varieties set. Surfaces are perfectly original with golden-gray obverse toning and mostly semi-transparent gray on the reverse. Faint residual luster remains under a bright light. Surfaces are blemish free at the assigned EF45 grade level. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder. An important die variety offering from the Cleveland Collection.
Seated 10C 1890S 1890-S
EF40 PCGS
30531934
F-113
Original $85 Strictly Original Gray Surfaces, Accurately Graded, West Coast Collection. Large S. A nice original piece with uniform gray patina. There are no blemishes, just a wholesale 1890 San Francisco struck dime for your consideration. Housed in older PCGS blue label holder with standard ring insert.
Seated 10C 1891 1891
VF30 raw
TOP #95
F-109
Cleaned New Price
$110
Challenging Double Obverse Die Top 100 Variety, Cleaned, Indiana Collection. There are several Top 100 varieties that I have deep respect for including the 1877 F-105 MPD and the 1891 F-109 Double Die Obverse due to the inability to locate after so many years of searching. This 1891 F-109 example, from the Indiana Collection, has been cleaned and is slowly recovering a gray patina along with some gold hues under bright light. Frankly, if you are pursuing a Top 100 set, this offering may be an excellent filler for the variety until a strictly original example appears. Again, this is a most difficult variety to locate with the assigned R5 rarity being conservative.
Seated 10C 1891 1891
VF30 ANACS OWH
2709183
TOP #94
F-107
Original $95 Misplaced Digit In Denticles, Original Gray Patina, Accurately Graded, Top 100 Varieties, AuburnNY Accordian Collection. One does not often see the 1891 F-107 die variety with a misplaced digit in the denticles below the final 89 digits. This die variety is #94 in the Top 100 Varieties set. The offered example, from the AuburnNY Accordian Collection, resides in mid 1990s generation ANACS white holder and is accurately graded. Surfaces are strictly original with even light gray toning and without blemishes.
Seated 10C 1891O 1891-O
VF30 raw
TOP #96
F-106a
Original $85 Strictly Original, Heavily Clashed Dies, Repunched 89. Even medium gray toning throughout. Obverse diagnostics are readily visible except for date repunching which is hidden under verdigris in the date digit ovals. Slight reverse rotation right is evident similar to Fortin plate coin. A reverse mark on the denomination is noted for accuracy.
Seated 10C 1891O 1891-O
VF30 raw
F-102a
Market Acceptable $45 Heavily Die Clashed Obverse, Acceptable Light Gray Patina, Faint Obverse Hairlines. A popular 1891-O die variety and late die state with multiple die clashes on the obverse that are offset due to a rotating hammer die. Reverse is also clashed. Reverse is original and covered with light gray patina while there are some faint hairlines on the obverse. Priced accordingly and a decent example for the serious Seated dime die variety collector.