With a production run of 7,700,000 coins, the 1877-CC dime has long been a popular choice for type collectors seeking the smallest denomination struck at the Carson City Mint. It is readily available in most grades including lower Uncirculated, but it presents a significant challenge approaching Gem Mint State. Our March 2020 Auction features a desirable near-Gem example in lot 21496, certified MS-64 (NGC) and pedigreed to the E. Horatio Morgan Collection.
Thanks to the large mintage, the 1877-CC dime is found with many different die combinations and a plethora of minor varieties that are greatly appreciated by Liberty Seated dime specialists. There are also two distinct reverse hubs that were used interchangeably for all dimes from 1876 to 1878. The Type II reverse hub is most easily discerned from the Type I by looking at the bow ribbon: on the Type I, the left end is split in two.
The MS-64 (NGC) example in our March 2020 Auction exhibits mottled golden-bronze hues set against pearlescent and silvery luster. It is struck from the Fortin-107 dies and features the Type II reverse. Specialist Gerry Fortin identifies a few convenient attribution points including a dramatic horizontal die lines at Liberty’s neck and doubling on the reverse denomination.
This near-Gem example is presented in our March 2020 sale as part of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection, appearing alongside examples of the 1884 and 1885 Proof-only trade dollar rarities, and an expansive selection of early dimes and half dollars. This 1877-CC dime will be offered in lot 21496 of our Internet Only Session 10, which is currently available for viewing and bidding on our website www.StacksBowers.com . Also, download our mobile app to view and participate in our auctions via your Android or Apple device.