Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 972,678
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: $1.41 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 S 10C MS obverse 1889 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is slightly scarce in lower grades and genuinely rare at or near Mint State. Gems are very rare and seldom seen. The weakness at Liberty's head so typical of this coin type is common for most 1889 S dimes.

The Small S mintmark (photos) is the more common variety, even though it is a throwback to years earlier. Most examples seen bear the Medium S mintmark more familiar on dimes of this period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1889 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 45.00 90.00 90.00 160 195 240 340 475 550 700 950 1875 4700 - - - - -
$ 100.00 175 220 280 375 525 600 775 1050 2800 5175 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/14/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 265, 271/Lot# 262 $207.00
8/11/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9637 $56.00
3/8/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7528 $276.00
3/4/2013 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3420, 3420/Lot# 1645 $3,000.00
3/16/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 167970 $160.60
5/25/2014 NGC MS 88   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22186 $82.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37547214720127532748254461171710281070110315522083342535793738137791480218338
4260971652252923785025666468201042108112521729253034763632708514120159800
000000378502566646820104210811252172925303476363270851412000
0000004305235886819241056109214021906297735273685104321446100
1889 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45639416324132336951757565576410921135116816392190357937383902142091525518870
51731171892683384185366016918731106114613251822265336323792733714557164600
000000418536601691873110611461325182226533632379273371455700
0000004675556287279821120115714822006311636853847107731490600
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