Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 140,000
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: $1.15 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 S 10C MS obverse 1860 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

San Francisco alone coined dimes of the old style in 1860. Walter Breen reported that four obverse dies dated 1860 were shipped west on November 2, 1859. Since the transcontinental railroad was still 10 years away, these would have traversed the plains and mountains by horse-drawn express wagon. It's likely that this slow process accounts for the fact that dies of the new type having the national legend on the obverse were not received in time to prevent production with this obsolete design.

Despite its modest mintage the 1860 S dime is not a great rarity. Perhaps collectors recognized its distinctiveness early enough to preserve worn examples that were still circulating. Only in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State is this issue a rarity.

Two die pairs are known to have been used for 1860 S dimes, suggesting that production occurred in two batches separated by weeks or months. Both reverses were leftover from the shipment of 1858 and have the smaller size of S typical for 1858 S and 1859 S.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1860 S 10C MS
Base $ 60.00 115 250 375 575 1075 1250 1550 2000 2900 4100 8400 11000 45000 60000 - - - -
$ 650 - 1325 1650 2250 - - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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9/15/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1936, 1936/Lot# 1203 $264.00
11/3/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 886 $7,475.00
9/13/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2681 $506.00
10/18/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8224 $434.75
2/24/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131310/Lot# 22666 $129.25
7/21/2013 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131331/Lot# 24738 $152.75
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 154561 $440.00
7/11/2014 NGC F 15   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5586 $199.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 S 10C MS
1860 S 10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5367
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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