1879 10C Morgan Ten Cents, Judd-1588, Pollock-1781, High R.6

The obverse features the same portrait of Liberty as used on the Morgan dollar, here adapted to the format of a dime. The reverse has ONE DIME in the center and is encircled by a wreath composed of six bunches of four laurel leaves each. The second U in PLURIBUS is repunched. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

PR66 $12,650.00 (Jul 9, 2009 HA.com)
1879 10C Morgan Ten Cents, Judd-1587, Pollock-1780, R.6-7

The obverse depicts a head of Liberty facing left with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the date, 1879, below. The head is essentially a miniature of that featured on the regular issue Morgan dollar. On the reverse, the denomination ONE DIME, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM, and an arc of 13 stars are inscribed within a circle of dots. Around the circle is a wreath of corn, tobacco, cotton, and wheat. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Only 12-15 examples are believed known of this popular pattern.

PR65 Red and Brown $6,900.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1879 10C Morgan Ten Cents, Judd-1589, Pollock-1782, R.7

The obverse features the same portrait of Liberty as used on the Morgan dollar, here adapted to the format of a dime. The reverse has ONE DIME in the center and is encircled by a wreath composed of six bunches of four laurel leaves each. Struck in copper with a reeded edge.

PR65 Red and Brown $9,775.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1879 10C Morgan Ten Cents, Judd-1586, Pollock-1779, High R.6

A head of Liberty that is similar to that employed on the Morgan dollar faces left on the obverse with the legend around the periphery and the date 1879 below. On the reverse, the denomination ONE DIME is enclosed first by E PLURIBUS UNUM and 13 stars, then by a circle of beads, and finally by a wreath of corn, cotton, tobacco, and wheat. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

For decades and many generations, collectors have commonly called this pattern the "Morgan dime," as we do here. Considered High R.6, there are currently about 15 pieces known. NGC and PCGS have combined to certify 11 submissions; each service has graded one PR67, followed by a PR65 Cameo PCGS, and two PR65 NGC pieces. Pollock described this piece as 39.2 grains with a 180 degree die alignment, but the alignment actually is about 150 degrees.

PR65 $10,350.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
Morgan Dime Patterns
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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