Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 172,500
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.42 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S 10C MS obverse 1861 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 S dime is a very scarce coin across all grades. Mint State examples are genuinely rare.

Most examples are a bit weakly struck in the upper left portion of the wreath, as well as at Liberty's head and foot. The rims are often ill defined, which was a chronic problems for the San Francisco Mint during the 1860s. Perhaps it was the shape or finishing of its collars that led to excessive wear of the dies in the border area.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1861 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 105 170 400 675 675 1025 1150 1850 2400 3750 5000 8150 10500 - - 27500 - - - -
$ 750 1125 1300 2050 2600 4100 5500 8900 11500 - - 30000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/7/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 5614 $6,612.50
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2895 $7,187.50
5/8/2011 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131120/Lot# 22095 $126.50
9/12/2011 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 618, 625/Lot# 135 $488.75
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9469 $258.50
2/24/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 50533 $2,205.50
9/29/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131341/Lot# 24195 $76.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1851312724097157968741190136615951730188621972585352548176089118811815011
291001783175117428229791248144216401782198923262898395552418019139701815010
0000008229791248144216401782198923262898395552418019139701815000
00000084810841307151816851834209324553211438656659950160601815000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6089
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1886
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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