Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,196,116
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: $1.49 (7/28/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 S 10C MS obverse 1891 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1891 S dimes are plentiful in circulated grades and only slightly scarce in Mint State. Gems are somewhat elusive. Weakness at Liberty's head is a probably for many survivors, with slight weakness at the bow knot also being found to some degree.

The two mintmark styles found for 1889-90 S dimes were repeated with this date, but the 1891 S dime is only slightly more scarce with the Small S than the Medium S. Several minor varieties are known, and the only one to attract much collector attention is that having a Medium S clearly punched over a Small S. The high visibility of both mintmarks is what makes this variety so appealing.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1891 S 10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.00 20.00 28.00 40.00 40.00 85.00 105 125 150 180 205 240 320 530 1225 3750 7750 - - -
$ 50.00 95.00 115 135 170 200 225 265 350 600 1500 4250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 160
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 664 $1,121.25
6/19/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 92, 97/Lot# 420 $253.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10346 $862.50
4/8/2012 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1607 $36.00
12/2/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 87589 $74.80
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4357 $940.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34259 $558.13


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