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Liberty Seated Dime

Liberty Seated Dime

  • 1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC AU55
    1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757909027

    1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC AU55

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  • 1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC MS64
    1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC MS64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910190001

    1838-O 10C NO STARS Seated Dime NGC MS64

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  • 1858 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64
    1858 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910080237

    1858 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64

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  • 1860 10C CAC Seated Dime PCGS MS65
    1860 10C CAC Seated Dime PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758410002

    1860 10C CAC Seated Dime PCGS MS65

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  • 1863-S 10C Seated Dime NGC VF30
    1863-S 10C Seated Dime NGC VF30
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758283009

    1863-S 10C Seated Dime NGC VF30

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  • 1866 10C Seated Dime NGC VF25
    1866 10C Seated Dime NGC VF25
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 517048030

    1866 10C Seated Dime NGC VF25

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  • 1868 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66
    1868 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910190004

    1868 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66

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  • 1870-S 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65
    1870-S 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910190003

    1870-S 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65

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  • 1874 10C ARROWS Proof Seated Dime NGC PR67
    1874 10C ARROWS Proof Seated Dime NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910190002

    1874 10C ARROWS Proof Seated Dime NGC PR67

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  • 1882 10C CA CAC Proof Seated Dime PCGS PR65
    1882 10C CA CAC Proof Seated Dime PCGS PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759225016

    1882 10C CA CAC Proof Seated Dime PCGS PR65

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  • 1882 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66
    1882 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758217005

    1882 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR66

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  • 1885 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65
    1885 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757995012

    1885 10C Seated Dime NGC MS65

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  • 1888 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64
    1888 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759124010

    1888 10C Proof Seated Dime NGC PR64

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  • 1891 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR65
    1891 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756469007

    1891 10C CA Proof Seated Dime NGC PR65

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  • 1891 10C Seated Dime NGC MS66
    1891 10C Seated Dime NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758429064

    1891 10C Seated Dime NGC MS66

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Liberty Seated Dime

The Liberty Seated Dime was designed by Christian Gobrecht, who was the Second Engraver at the US Mint. The series began in 1837, which was also the last year for Capped Bust Dime type. The Liberty Seated Dimes were struck until 1891 when the denomination was redesigned once again.

The design for the new dime was a duplicate to his new Half Dime and was simplicity in its presentation. The obverse of the coin had an allegorical representation of Miss Liberty, seated, facing left, holding a shield in one hand and a pole with a cap on the end of it in the other. The date was centered below Miss Liberty. The reverse had the denomination “ONE DIME” in two lines, enclosed inside a wreath with “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” around it.

These coins were considered the “Variety 1” Liberty Seated Dime, as the obverse did not have a circle of 13 stars above Liberty. These Variety I coins were only struck during 1837 and 1838. Later in the year 1838, a new variety added 13 stars in a semi-circle around Miss Liberty. These were called the “Variety 2” coins and were struck until 1853.

In 1853, the coin was modified again. Due to a spike in the price of silver, the weight of the coins was slightly reduced and to designate that a small arrow was placed on each side of the date on the obverse. This is the “Variety 3” variety, and they were struck until 1855. In 1856, the price of silver dropped, and the weight of the coins returned to the Variety 2 II weight once again, so the arrows were removed through the 1860 date.

In 1860 a “Variety 4” design was created by removing the 13 stars from above Miss Liberty and replacing them with “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” This redesign was done by James B. Longacre and these coins were struck until 1873.  

Later in 1873, a “Variety 5” coinage was created by placing arrows once again at the date. But this time, the weight was increased instead of decreased. Only some dimes dated 1873 and all dated 1874 will be Varity 5 coins. Beginning in 1875, the weight was reduced again to Variety 4 levels, where it remained until the series was completed in 1891.

Liberty Seated Dimes provide a multitude of collecting opportunities as some people collect every date and mintmark, some collect one of each of the 4 mints that struck all of these coins, and some collect just one of each variety. You can collect the interesting coins however you would enjoy them most.

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