Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 60,000
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.13 (6/30/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 S 10C MS obverse 1859 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Just a single pair of dies was used to produce this small mintage. The 1859 S dime is very scarce in all grades, with pieces grading VF and higher being genuinely rare. Gerry Fortin rates it second only to 1858 S in rarity within the higher grades. This fact is not recognized in some popular price guides, which give 1859 S an edge over the previous year's entry.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1859 S 10C MS
Base $ 175 250 465 935 2450 4900 7750 12500 17500 22000 26000 36000 50000 110000 - - - - -
$ 2700 5400 8750 14000 19000 24500 31000 40000 57500 120000 - - -

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Total Graded: 21
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/4/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6468 $6,900.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 28 $1,028.00
6/1/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 188038 $1,430.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98263 $25,850.00
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14714 $601.60
2/26/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7242 $376.00
4/22/2015 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7552 $763.75

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