Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,454,450
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.51 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1887 S 10C MS obverse 1887 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

With its sizable mintage, the 1887 S dime is the first entry from the San Francisco Mint since 1877 to be readily available to collectors across a broad range of grades. The biggest issue in finding a suitable piece will be striking deficiencies. Most are weakly struck at Liberty's head, and the partially filled mintmark seen on the coin illustrated is quite prevalent on S-Mint dimes dated 1887-91.

Some 20 die marriages are noted for 1887 S, and a few of these have repunched or misplaced dates. Of greater general interest, however, are the repunched mintmark varieties. In the past they have been labeled as Large S over Small S, but it is currently believed that all such varieties for 1887 S are merely repunchings of the same letter.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/8/2014

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1887 S 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 18.00 24.00 38.00 38.00 80.00 92.00 110 125 145 175 215 255 475 1200 3000 11700 - - -
$ 42.00 88.00 100.00 120 135 160 195 240 280 600 1450 3750 - -
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Total Graded: 281
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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4/13/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24043, 24043/Lot# 13254 $1,139.65
12/26/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1979, 1979/Lot# 1209 $352.00
5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1047 $718.75
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7758 $862.50
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7969 $690.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2061 $437.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96514 $62.70
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 807, 816/Lot# 7302 $775.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1812
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 64
Points: 856
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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