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: $1.40 (8/29/2014)
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: 7/24/2014

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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 7750 23500 - - - -
$ 1000 1275 1450 1700 1950 2350 2650 3200 3750 5000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 255 $9,775.00
6/10/2007 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2379, 2379/Lot# 1317 $476.00
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
1/3/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5482 $1,330.55
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
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5198 $22,325.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30266 $18,800.00


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