Liberty Seated Dimes

1837 to 1859 | 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.

Rotated Reverses: Reverse images are best effort to capture the actual reverse rotation with respect to obverse position. If a rotated reverse is seen in the images, then this is how the dime appeared during photography and dime descriptions may not include specific comments as to the observation.

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There are 21 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on April 9, 2024

Photo Date Grade TPG Top 100
Variety
GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Seated 10C 1837 1837
No Stars, Small Date
AU Details PCGS
80503428
Original $850 Small Date, Perfectly Original, Deep Gray-Blue Obverse Toning Spot, Massachusetts Collection. This perfectly original 1837 F-102 Small Date continues to be the die variety plate coin at The Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors online reference. The Massachusetts Collection (Coulombe Family on Open Set Registry) purchased this lovely raw dime back in 2015 for me. During the tenure in his collection, a PCGS grading submission resulted in an AU Details, Environmental Damage opinion. Let's walk through this dime carefully. Surfaces are lightly frosted consistent with the issue. Toning is a natural coin gray-gold that is consistent on both sides. The blue-gray area to the left of Liberty is most likely dried ink dating back a century or more. When I first purchase this piece in the early 1990s, this blue-gray region did not bother me as it provided unique character to the piece. Of course, PCGS will take the safe route and certify as a Details specimen. The question comes down to the coin itself as strictly original with lovely frosted luster. Would you like to own this web-book plate coin? It is way more pleasing that a dipped out white AU straight graded by PCGS that is all too common in the marketplace. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder with F-102 No Stars, Sm Date attribution on the label.
Seated 10C 1838 1838
No Drapery, Small Stars
EF45 PCGS
81723382
F-101
Choice $400 New February 20! Small Stars, Choice Original, Ex Steve Vitale Auction Sale. A single 1838 obverse die was punched with stars intended for half dimes. This die struck a fair quantity with progressive die states. This early die state F-101 lacks obverse die cracks while the reverse die doubling on (D)IME and the left wreath is bold. Bright light review reveals peripheral sky blue and light center rose toning along with steely fields that are mildly reflective. Strike is complete while the grading is accurate and fair. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder. A fresh GFRC buyback.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
EF45 NGC
6442948002
F-104a
Original $495 Repunched Mintmark, Bisecting Reverse Die Cracks, Near-Choice, Lakeland Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. The Lakeland Collection is back with a Top 100 Variety offering that should garner attention. The 1839-O F-104a die variety features a boldly repunched mintmark (bottom) and a long horizontal bisecting die crack on the reverse. This long die crack must be present for inclusion in a Top 100 set. Surfaces are covered by a crusty gray patina with some "dirt" at the stars. Note the sharply repunched star 8. Strike is excellent and typical for the issue. Housed in new large font NGC holder.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
No Drapery
EF45 PCGS
12984454
F-106a
Choice HOLD
$350
New April 10! Cobweb Shattered Reverse, Interim Die State, Crusty Patina, Steely Fields, New Orleans Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. The offering of the non-CAC approved New Orleans Collection Seated dime continues with this choice 1839-O F-106 with later die states being well recognized as the Cobweb Shattered Reverse. This strike was accomplished with a partially cracked or "interim die state" dies. The cobweb cracks are visible throughout the wreath. A crusty gray skin covers both sides with lighting toning on the reverse. The underlying fields are steely. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 10C 1839O 1839-O
No Drapery
VF35 NGC
1652175009
TOP #14
F-108
Original $950 Huge O, Choice Original, Birmingham Collection. This is one of the better examples seen while working with the Liberty seated dime series. Most Huge O dimes comes with some type of problem and strictly problem free examples in EF or better grades are rare. So along comes this wonderful example from the Birmingham Collection. Accurately graded and very close to EF due to the lapped obverse die and well worn reverse from 1838. Surfaces are covered with strictly original and uniform gun metal gray patina with hints of blue and rose intermixed. Strike is bold validates this is a middle die state example since there is no die crack from (U)NITED to the rim. In terms of blemishes, there are a few fully toned over old lines on the obverse but given this piece's grade rarity, they don't bother me in the least and should not bother the buyer. Housed in old NGC holder with standard circular insert. As a serious student of the Liberty Seated dime series, I enjoy handling consignment dimes that bring a good balance of quality, rarity and eye appeal.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VF35 PCGS
20647394
F-109a
Choice HOLD
$295
New April 10! Rim Die Cracks at UN(I)TED (S)TATES O(F) AME(R)ICA, Crusty Gray, Small O, New Orleans Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. Deeper steely gray is dual sided on this well preserved 1840-O F-109a dime. Bright light viewing reveals some residual reflectance. Overall strike is complete as is typical for the No Drapery design hubs. The F-109a state captures radial rim die cracks at UN(I)TED (S)TATES O(F) AME(R)ICA. A crusty example of this interesting die variety. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 10C 1840O 1840-O
No Drapery
VF30 raw
TOP #14
F-108
Market Acceptable $180 Small O Mintmark, Micro Surface Ticks.. An even light gray/brown patina covers obverse and reverse. I've seen a fair number of 1840, 1841 and 1842 New Orleans dimes with the same micro tick marks mostly on the obvese. I believe this dime is original and not cleaned but does have micro tick marks and a line on the reverse rim. I've also seen some of these New Orleans dimes in PCGS holders where TPG recognizes the original surfaces and net grades the coin. Images well capture the dimes surface conditions and color. Interesting how weak the reverse denomination is.
Seated 10C 1841O 1841-O
Genuine PCGS
15036924
TOP #20
F-102
Market Acceptable $14500 Transitional Small O Closed Bud Reverse, Rare AU Grade, Gerry Forting Top 100 Varieties Collection . Greer 101, Discovered after Ahwash published his Encyclopedia. Transitional Small O Closed Bud Reverse. Struck in early 1841 at the New Orleans mint with a left over Closed Bud reverse die from 1840 due to lack of die shipment of the new Open Bud reverse design. Greer indicates that "transitional Large and Small O dimes were struck from leftover 1840-O reverse dies most likely before the arrival of the first reverse dies of 1841 Open Bud which were delivered on Apri 7, 1841. Mint records for 1841 show 160,000 dimes were delivered from New Orleans prior to April of that year. I believe that these were deliveries included the Closed Bud 1841-O dimes, as well as many dated 1840-O. The extreme rarity of both closed bud varieties indicates a very small mintage." Collectors have been attempting for years to cherrypick examples due to substantial premiums in all grades. I consider both the Large and Small O Transitional Closed Bud dimes to be key entries in the Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Variety set. Small O Closed Bud dimes are more difficult to locate in EF or better with few known in AU and none in mint state. Most will be found with problems due to lengthy time in circulation. This example grades a full AU but has probably seen an old obverse wipe many years ago. The obverse is toned a light golden gray with deeper coloring across Liberty and the right field. The reverse is toned a uniform gun metal gray. Device details are crisp on the reverse allowing for an understanding of the Small O reverse die preservation state (die used to strike 1840-O F-107 dimes) in early 1841. The obverse has strike weakness at the gown line, head and stars 7 and 8. Housed in older blue label PCGS holder with standard ring insert and assigned a Genuine designation. The PCGS label reads, "Transitional Rev Sm O Sm Lett, FS-901". I get the Small O labeling by PCGS but not the Small Letters. Regardless of the PCGS Genuine designation, this is one of the finest 1841-O Small O Closed Buds extant and indicative of how rare a certifiable example actually is. A very special offering for the advanced collector who desires the finest numismatic properties.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
Medium O
EF45 raw
F-101a
Cleaned $175 Lapped Dies, Retoned, Light Gray Patina, New Jersey Collection. A classic example of the F-101a variety and die state with lapped obverse and reverse dies. This variety comes with poorly defined head and stars along with erratic reverse wreath leaves. The offered example has seen an old time cleaning resulting is reflective surfaces at the EF45 grade level. Faint hairlines are visible in the obverse fields with most covered by a new layer of gray patina. Removed from a Library of Coin album and off the market for several decades.
Seated 10C 1842O 1842-O
VF20
PCGS
27402664
F-104
Choice $300 Scarce Small O, Early Die State, Crusty Coin Gray, Choice Original. A quick check of the GFRC Sales Archives will highlight the scarcity of this 1842-O small O variety offering. The highest graded F-104 handled is VF30 and none with CAC approval. If Seated dime die varieties are a passion, then adding this example to represent the small O mintmark warrants consideration. Surfaces are fully choice and covered with crusty coin gray patina. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2013-2014) holder with CAC approval.
Seated 10C 1843 1843
Repunched Date
EF45 PCGS
13616323
F-102
Choice $185 Repunched Date, Choice Original, Steven Vitale Collection.. All four date digits are strongly repunched above the final date punch on the 1843 F-102 die pairing. This repunched date variety is well known in the Liberty Seated dime series and has been occasionally listed separately on price guides. It was included in the Top 100 Varieties set due to popularity with collectors. This example is fully choice and struck with early die state dies as the doubled date is boldly visible. Steely fields retain their natural luster regardless of time in circulation. A crusty gray patina is consistent on both sides. Worthy of an advanced die variety collection and strong bidding. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.5 (2012-2013) holder. The label captures the die variety as RPD FS-301. Ex Steve Vitale Collection.
Seated 10C 1843O 1843-O
AU Details PCGS
30456139
F-101
Cleaned $2500 New April 9! Rare Grade, Complete Strike, Long Ago Cleaning, Attractively Priced. Consignor Price Reduction. The 1843 and 1845 New Orleans Liberty Seated dime issues are two of the most challenging early dates to locate in choice original AU let alone Mint State. For the 1843-O issue, PCGS has certified four pieces at the AU50/AU53 grades. One of those examples resides in the Fortin set leaving just three for the rest of the collecting community. These straight graded pieces are currently valued in the $13,000 to $20,000 range. Given the availability situation, this newly consigned AU Details lot is definitely worthy of considered. PCGS has accurately evaluated this example as there is a long ago cleaning with reverse hairlines under the toning. In hand viewing presents a copper-gray patina and a complete strike. Under a bright light, this lot could be mistaken for being original as the toning does appear natural. As a senior sage of the series, this offering is well worth the asking price as a small fraction of a straight graded example. CAC has approved an single AU50, a single AU53 (my collection), and single MS62 and MS65. The approved AU53 could easily be a $30,000 coin which shouild place this newly consigned example into the proper perspective. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) holder. The label reads, "Altered Surfaces, AU Details".
Seated 10C 1844 1844
VF30
PCGS
30434820
F-102
Choice $850 Choice Original, Steven Vitale Collection.. A lovely example of the 1844 Little Orphan Annie dime that is housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder with CAC approval. That approval is unquestionably warranted due to the choice surfaces and attractive old album toning. Both sides are layered with golden blues shades along with embedded aquamarine. Strike is well executed while the overall surfaces are well preserved with no blemishes. This date is easily available at the Good through Fine grades but becomes increasingly difficult in VF and very scarce in EF. Choice AU examples are rare. This Vitale Collection specimen is an important opportunity for collector constructing a CAC centric set of Liberty Seated dimes.
Seated 10C 1844 1844
VF20 NGC
3214294001
Choice $600 Little Orphan Annie, Thick Crusty Patina, Gun Metal Gray-Blue, CAC Approval.. Purchased way back at the Spring Baltimoe show, this 1844 Little Orphan Annie dime finally arrives to the price list. Purchased for inventory due to the gun metal gtray-blue toning that is further enhanced by peripheral gold. Strike is typical with even wear. Collectors can always find 1844 dimes in circulated grades, but CAC approval quickly thins the hundreds that returned to the market via the Terry Brand hoard. Only 68 total at CAC in all grades. Housed in newer NGC holder with edge view insert.
Seated 10C 1845O 1845-O
EF45 PCGS
16348623
F-101
Choice $2000 Challenging Higher Grade Offering, Hammered Strike, Crusty Gray Patina, Choice Surfaces, Cleveland Collection. The 1845 New Orleans date remains under appreciated in the Liberty Seated dime series. Examples in EF 45 are scarce while AU specimens present a huge challenge. GFRC is pleased to be offering this choice duplicate from the Cleveland Collection. What a well balanced and pleasing example for the discriminating collector! One immediately notes the hammered strike with high relief devices and full visual access to the rusted obverse die. Surfaces are covered with a thick crusty gray skin that exposes embedded orange-gold during bright light inspection. There is one vertical contact mark on the reverse at the upper left wreath that is ancient and fully toned over. Rusted verdigris surrounds the date and is further testament to the strict originality. Yes, this piece has been to CAC and was not stickered as a borderline coin and deserves another submission. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
VF35 PCGS
13329090
F-103
Original $295 New February 19! Small O, Reverse Rotated Counter Clockwise 25 Degrees, Gerry Fortin Reference Collection. 1849-O Obverse 2 will be found in two distinctly different die states. This F-103 example presents the early die state prior to die lapping. After the lapping, the date digit size is reduced per F-103(a). During this early die state, the strikes will be seen with a 25 degree counter clockwise rotation. A strictly original and near-choice example with natural coin gray patina. The F-103 plate coin within The Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors online reference. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.4 (2005-2011) holder.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
Large O
VF30 raw
F-101
R3
Market Acceptable $185 Typical Large O Strike, Retoned Surfaces, New Jersey Collection. Yes, the 1849-O F-101 Large O dimes are typically with weak obverse strikes including flat heads and stars. Locating a fully struck F-101 1849 New Orleans will take years of searching. This example has seen a long ago clean and is complete retoned and attractive gray with rose and blue hues. I've designated this example as "market acceptance" due to the quality of the secondary toning. There are no blemishes whatsoever. Housed in Library of Coin album for decades and fresh to market.
Seated 10C 1849O 1849-O
VF25 PCGS
29200370
F-103ab
Original $295 New February 19! Small O, Reverse Rotated Clockwise 85 Degrees, Gerry Fortin Reference Collection. 1849-O Obverse 2 will be found in two distinctly different die states. This F-103(a)(b) example is the late die state (a)with a notably lapped obverse die that reduces the date digit size. The (b) suffix captures a dramatic 85 degree clock wise reverse rotation as this pairing is known for multiple rotated reverse positions. This piece has been in my collection since the mid-1990s and was purchased raw. The obverse is mostly deep gray with gold at the rims. Intermixed rose and blue dominate the reverse. The F-103ab plate coin within The Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors online reference. Housed in PCGS Gen 5.0 (2015) Dupont hologram holder. This piece would be a strong addition to a die variety collection.
Seated 10C 1852O 1852-O
EF40 ANACS
4729089
F-101
Original $450 Better New Orleans Date, Light Gray Patina, Lakeland Collection. This Lakeland Collection 1852-O dime release is a better date with mintage of only 430,000. Light gray patina covers both sides while the obverse strike is completely executed. A 10x inspection confirmed the unabraded surfaces This near-choice example has been well preserved and seeks a new home in a Seated date and mintmark collection. Housed in ANACS gold label holder.
Seated 10C 1852O 1852-O
VF30 PCGS
19224277
Choice $350 Popular New Orleans Date, Old Album Toning, Choice Surfaces. GFRC images can only hint to the colorful old album obverse toning. Passing the obverse under angled lighting exposes center rose-blue surrounded by rose-gold at the stars. The reverse is toned a natural coin gray. Surfaces are well preserved and more than pleasing at the certified grade. 1852 New Orleans strikes continue to be popular with specimens not lasting long on the price list. A fresh buyback from long term client and ready for a new home.
Seated 10C 1854 1854
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
36241166
TOP #37
Original $125 Shattered Obverse #1, Near-Choice Original, Massachusetts Collection. The 1854 With Arrows date is included in the Top 100 Varieties set by a cracked die pairing that has been labeled as Shattered Obverse #1 given other cracked dies. Die cracks essentially form a concentric ring through the date digits, arrows, and stars. This Massachusetts Collection example well represents the variety with about 80% of the die cracks visible with a 10x. Surfaces are toned a light gray with peripheral gold and aquamarine on both sides. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 (2015-2020) holder.
Seated 10C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows
EF40 PCGS
29200301
TOP #38
F-102
Market Acceptable $1275 Shattered Obverse, Top 100 Varieties Semi-Key Date, Golden Retoned Surfaces, So Close to Original, Accurately Graded, Cleveland Collection. Consignor Price Reduction. An important Top 100 Varieties offering to consider. Some history is in order. This is the second time that GFRC has handled this 1854-O Shattered Obverse dime that resides in a PCGS EF Details - Cleaning holder. Surfaces are slightly dull in appearance as would be expected for a silver piece graded EF. The entire dime is covered with a uniform golden patina that becoming darker at the rims. Again normal for an original silver coin. The issue is the golden toning that results when a dipped coin sits in a paper 2x2 envelope for many years. Some silver coins will acquire golden coloring rather than grays. This is the case here as the offered F-102 dime has no signs of any mechanical cleaning. Eye appeal is strong for the variety with bold shelf metal through the date. There are no blemishes whatsoever to mention. Housed in 2014 generation PCGS holder with PCGS Genuine Cleaning XF Cleaning label. From the Cleveland Collection with in hand inspection being recommended being drawing any negative conclusions.
Seated 10C 1854O 1854-O
With Arrows, Shattered Obverse
F15 PCGS
45001850
TOP #38
F-102
Choice $885 New March 30! Shattered Obverse, Ebony-Gray Toning, Top 100 Varieties, Lakeland Collection. Consignor Pricing Reduction. One of the most dramatic terminal die states in the Liberty Seated dime series is the 1854-O F-102 with a completely shattered lower obverse. The obverse die has broken apart leaving a shelf metal ridge through the date digits and both arrows. This new Lakeland Collection example is consistent with the latest die states seen. A choice example with ebony-gray toning that exposes rose device shades under a bright light. The surfaces are remarkably free of abrasions regardless of the extended time in circulation. Part of the Top 100 Varieties set for those so inclined. Housed in a PCGS Gen 6.1 (2020-2023) holder. The label does not capture the die variety attribution, however this variety is well known and recognized as such.
Seated 10C 1856O 1856-O
EF45 PCGS
28172766
F-108
Choice HOLD
$280
Medium O, Choice Original, Frosty Luster, Light Gray Patina, Conservative Grading, Gerry Fortin Reference Collection. This Seated dime features the third Medium O reverse employed by the New Orleans mint during 1856. On the F-108 reverse, the Medium O mintmark is positioned left and low. Die clashing is visible between DI(ME) and above the lower leaf to the right of the mintmark. This conservatively graded example was purchased at the 1996 ANA World's Fair of Money show and subsequently graded. Soft frosty luster is pleasing and more consistent with an AU grade level. A typical weak strike on the wreath leaves mostly likely accounts for the EF45 grade. A top quality example that will please the most selective collector. This piece is the F-108 plate coin within The Definite Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors online reference. Housed in PCGS Gen 4.6 (2023-2014) holder without a CAC attempt. Taking back in trade at the Fall 2023 Manchester NH coin expo.