Liberty Seated Dime (1837 – 1891)

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History

The Seated Liberty dime was a long and popular series beginning in 1837 and continuing to 1891. These dimes were minted in the Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans and Carson City mints. The obverse of the coin displays an image of Lady Liberty in a seated position, (which accounts for the name), on top of a rock. In her left hand is a pole with a Phrygian cap on top. Her right hand is on top of a shield with a banner that says “Liberty”. In the first two years of mintage, no stars appeared on the obverse. This was changed later, in 1838, when Liberty was presented with thirteen stars surrounding her to signify the original thirteen colonies. The stars were once again removed in 1860. The date of mintage is displayed beneath Liberty at the bottom of the coin. The reverse of the coin displays a wreath surrounded by the motto, “United States Of America”. This motto was moved to the obverse of the coin in 1860. The location of the mintmark appears on the reverse of the coin, (in some years within the wreath and in some years below the wreath). The Seated Liberty dime also varied in weight during the series. It weighed 2.67 grams from 1837 through the early part of 1853, and then was reduced to 2.49 grams from 1853 to 1873 and increased to 2.50 grams from 1873 until the end of the series in 1891. The composition remained constant at 90% silver and 10% copper, but differed in amount consistent with the weight of the coin. The diameter of all Seated Liberty dimes remained the same at 17.9 mm.

Liberty Seated dimes have been and continue to be a very popular series among collectors due to the great diversity of ways they can be collected. Although many common dates in the series in good condition can be obtained from about $15 to $25, a complete date and mint set, particularly in mint condition, would be a virtually impossible undertaking for any but a very few of the most serious and well financed collectors. However, within the over fifty year span of the series there are many ways to collect. Along with date and mintmark, there are also five distinct varieties and several special varieties. Many of the most important periods in American history are represented in this series, from the California gold rush era to the Civil War and continuing through the western expansion of the United States, the cowboy era of the old west as well as the beginnings of the Industrial Age. This unique dime series, for a modest price, allows the collector to own a piece of American history from one or more of these unique time periods. While many of the Seated Liberty dimes were minted in the millions, there are several that are quite scarce with only a few thousand minted, (and fewer still surviving to today). There are also some ultra rarities with only a few specimens known to exist. As a result, there are many coins in this series that have significant value as semi-key or key date coins.

Value

Most common dates in the series, even in mint state condition, can be purchased for between $150 and $350. There are however significant rarities that can be worth in the tens of thousands of dollars. Many of the Carson City issues, because of their rarity and desirability among collectors, can reach values well in excess of $100,000 in mint state. One particular Carson City issue, the 1873, is considered unique, since the majority of the mintage was melted in 1873. A gem mint example sold for $1,840,000 at auction in 2012.

Because there are so many varied opinions on the condition (or grade) of a coin, the aforementioned values reflect the highest retail prices that have been obtained for those coins that have been assessed by a third party grading company. Such coins have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated by expert coin grading companies to minimize any doubt as to their quality and value and therefore their potential worth.

We Buy Seated Liberty Dimes

We want to buy your coins and as a business it is our pledge to offer you the best value for your coins, however, always remember that the prices you may find online or in price guides usually represent the highest retail value for the coin in an already certified condition. As a trusted dealer we will have our coin specialists evaluate your coins at no cost and offer you a price that is both fair for you, but that also allows us to realize a reasonable profit.