Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 50,000
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: $1.42 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S 10C MS obverse 1870 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1870 S dimes are very scarce across all grades, though the rarity of this issue at or near Mint State is less than for S-Mint dimes of the 1850s.

Six pair of dies were shipped to San Francisco in December, though only a single pair is known to have been used. In fact, none of the new reverses were used, as this date was struck with a die leftover from 1869's production. Walter Breen reports that all were struck in November of 1870.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1870 S 10C MS
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Base $ 375 485 625 775 900 900 1175 1300 1575 1825 2200 2400 2875 3450 4400 7100 22500 - - - -
$ 1000 1275 1450 1700 1950 2350 2650 3200 3750 5000 8000 25500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 31
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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10/22/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1311 $1,998.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 255 $9,775.00
1/12/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 321, 327/Lot# 446 $839.50
7/7/2011 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7861 $690.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1361 $385.40
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30381 $1,061.03
9/25/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7647 $381.88


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