Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 140,000
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.40 (8/27/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 S 10C MS obverse 1860 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco alone coined dimes of the old style in 1860. Walter Breen reported that four obverse dies dated 1860 were shipped west on November 2, 1859. Since the transcontinental railroad was still 10 years away, these would have traversed the plains and mountains by horse-drawn express wagon. It's likely that this slow process accounts for the fact that dies of the new type having the national legend on the obverse were not received in time to prevent production with this obsolete design.

Despite its modest mintage the 1860 S dime is not a great rarity. Perhaps collectors recognized its distinctiveness early enough to preserve worn examples that were still circulating. Only in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State is this issue a rarity.

Two die pairs are known to have been used for 1860 S dimes, suggesting that production occurred in two batches separated by weeks or months. Both reverses were leftover from the shipment of 1858 and have the smaller size of S typical for 1858 S and 1859 S.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1860 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 95.00 225 350 575 575 975 1125 1450 1975 2450 2850 4100 7750 11000 37500 60000 - - - -
$ 650 1075 1225 1600 2250 2750 3100 4400 8600 17000 47500 70000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 40
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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9/15/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1936, 1936/Lot# 1203 $264.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2252 $14,950.00
9/13/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2681 $506.00
5/30/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8044 $322.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9467 $199.75
1/6/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 29013 $152.75
12/1/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154490 $962.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163851433205867258471303153918372009216124332807398448171091017227111
21701042024086327659991381163818942059225125573199426168481301517227110
0000007659991381163818942059225125573199426168481301517227100
00000080611511460173719512110234226823591453988791512117227100
1860 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base372941593486297749031379162519342113227125522941415750151127217734111
267911522244167781710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734110
00000081710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734100
00000086012201543183120532218245828113751472991861558017734100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3984
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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