Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 450,000
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: $1.39 (9/2/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1869 S 10C MS obverse 1869 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though moderately scarce in Mint State, the 1869 S dime is clearly more available in circulated grades than other San Francisco dimes of the 1860s. Most examples are weakly struck at Liberty's head and portions of the wreath, most notably the bow knot.

Though the San Francisco Mint received six obverse dies for 1869 dimes, only two die pairs are known for this issue. The mintmarks of the reverses have been described as "Small Thin S" and "Small Weak S," respectively, but these appear to be the same punch in different states of clarity. Weak or partially filled mintmarks are a hallmark of San Francisco Mint
dimes from the 1860s in general, but the problem is especially acute with the 1869 S issue.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1869 S 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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10/8/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65103, 65103/Lot# 24201 $948.75
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7361 $1,018.90
9/22/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3675 $7,475.00
2/8/2012 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3222, 3222/Lot# 1218 $120.00
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7897 $276.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5592 $158.63
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202477 $150.00


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