1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime

The Seated Liberty design of Christian Gobrecht was first placed on the U.S. dime in 1837, and continued until 1891. In 1870, the fabled Carson City Mint began operations, with the production of quarters, half dollars, and silver dollars. The first Seated Liberty dimes were not coined at Carson City until 1871, when a paltry 20,100 were released.

This came when pocket change was gobbled up quickly by a coin starved population living in the western United States at the time. Not many examples were set aside for future posterity.

It's hard for collectors today to understand that collectors in the late 19th century paid little heed to mint marks. This began to change in 1893 when Augustus Heaton published Coinage of the United States Branch Mints, where he drew attention to the goal of obtaining examples from individual branch mints.

As best we can determine, the scarcity of the 1871-CC dime was first publicly recognized in the auction brochure of the New Jersey Sale in 1898. Within a few years, collectors began to furiously compete for examples of the 1871-CC dime; the problem for them, and for us today, is that there simply were not enough of them to meet demand.

An analytical tool used by coin experts to foil alteration fraudsters is that the reeding on the Carson City dimes from 1871 are wider than their Philly and San Francisco counterparts.

The 1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime is rare in any condition, is of historical significance, and is one of the most valuable key dates in the lengthy Seated Liberty dime series.





1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime

1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime photo
Coin Photos courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries






1871-CC Dime Value Trend Chart

1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime (G-4 Condition)

The 1871-CC Liberty Seated Dime was the first U.S. dime coined at the Carson City Mint. It rates as one of the great rarities of the Seated Liberty Dime series of 1837-91. However, when compared to the Rare Coin Values Index, it falls below average. Compare the blue line above, which charts the percent value increase of the 1871-CC dime since the Year 2000. The red line is the Index performance over the exact same time period. The Index graph is based on the overall percent change of a representational group of 87 rare US coins, which includes the 1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime. This is not to say the 1871-CC dime is to be avoided... not at all. It is a very desirable acquisition in all grades, but there are other coins in the Index that have actually outdone the 1871-CC dime. The Index is updated monthly.


 

Members of the Rare Coin Values Index
Date Coin Type Grade Est. Retail Value Apr 2017
1793 Liberty Cap Left Half Cent G-4 3750
1802 2/0 Rev 1802 Draped Bust Half Cent G-4 1000
1793 Chain AMERI. Flowing Hair Large Cent G-4 10000
1794 Starred Rev Liberty Cap Large Cent G-4 35000
1799 Draped Bust Large Cent G-4 4500
1856 Flying Eagle Cent G-4 6500
1877 Indian Head Cent G-4 600
1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent G-4 600
1914-D Lincoln Cent G-4 170
1922-D (No D) Lincoln Cent G-4 550
1864 Small Motto Two Cent F-12 400
1865 Three Cent Silver PF-65 1750
1884 Three Cent Nickel F-12 650
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime G-4 1400
1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dime G-4 1500
1800 Draped Bust, Large Eagle Half Dime G-4 1100
1865 Seated Liberty Half Dime G-4 300
1879 Shield Nickel VG-8 550
1885 Liberty Nickel VG-8 675
1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel G-4 325
1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel G-4 875
1937-D 3 Legs Buffalo Nickel G-4 475
1796 Draped Bust Dime G-4 2750
1822 Capped Bust Dime G-4 2000
1871-CC Seated Liberty Dime G-4 3250
1895-O Barber Dime G-4 375
1916-D Mercury Dime VG-8 1400
1942/1-D Mercury Dime VG-8 425
1875-CC Twenty Cent G-4 350
1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Quarter G-4 12500
1804 Draped Bust, Large Eagle Quarter G-4 4000
1823 Capped Bust Quarter G-4 40000
1870-CC Seated Liberty Quarter G-4 10000
1896-S Barber Quarter G-4 725
1901-S Barber Quarter G-4 4750
1916 Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 2900
1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 1150
1923-S Standing Liberty Quarter G-4 300
1932-D Washington Quarter F-12 130
1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar G-4 6000
1796 16 Stars Draped Bust Small Eagle Half Dollar G-4 40000
1815/12 Capped Bust Half Dollar G-4 1750
1836 Reed Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar G-4 1000
1870-CC Seated Liberty Half Dollar G-4 900
1892-O Barber Half Dollar G-4 327
1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar VG-8 375
1938-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar VG-8 75
1953-S Franklin Half Dollar MS-65 FBL 20000
1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar G-4 65000
1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle Silver Dollar G-4 1750
1801 Draped Bust Large Eagle Silver Dollar G-4 1000
1836 Gobrecht Dollar, Name on Base, Circ. Issue XF-40 12500
1873-CC Seated Liberty Dollar G-4 7500
1879 Trade Dollar PF-65 8500
1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 800
1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 4000
1895 Morgan Silver Dollar F-12 (PF Only) 35000
1928 Peace Dollar F-12 275
1849-C Cl. Wreath Type One Gold Dollar VF-20 1300
1855-D Type Two Gold Dollar VF-20 9900
1861-D Type Three Gold Dollar VF-20 18500
1796 No Stars Capped Bust $ 2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 52500
1808 Capped Draped Bust $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 23500
1826 Capped Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 9500
1838-C Classic Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 2500
1848 CAL. Coronet $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 25000
1856-D Coronet $2.50 Quarter Eagle F-12 4750
1911-D Indian Head $2.50 Quarter Eagle XF-40 4500
1854-D Indian Head Three Dollar F-12 9500
1795 Capped Bust Small Eagle $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 20000
1800 Capped Bust Large Eagle $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 4250
1808 Capped Draped Bust $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 3500
1821 Capped Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 15000
1833 Large Date Capped Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 16000
1834 Cross 4 Classic Head $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 1300
1861-D Coronet $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 15000
1870-CC Coronet $5.00 Half Eagle F-12 13500
1909-O Indian Head $5.00 Half Eagle XF-40 7500
1795 9 Leaves Capped Bust Small Eagle $10 Eagle F-12 55750
1804 Capped Bust Large Eagle $10 Eagle F-12 20000
1841-O Coronet $10 Eagle F-12 2850
1879-CC Coronet $10 Eagle F-12 10250
1911-D Indian Head $10 Eagle XF-40 1500
1930-S Indian Head $10 Eagle XF-40 20750
1859-O Coronet $20 Double Eagle VF-20 5750
1907 Wire Rim St-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle XF-40 12000
1921 St-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle XF-40 45000


See the 87 Index Coins