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: $1.06 (7/28/2015)
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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Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1860 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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8/1/2004 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 1916, 1916/Lot# 1254 $154.00
11/29/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60333 $2,300.00
2/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3338 $1,121.25
5/30/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8044 $322.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1346 $373.75
3/24/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 100624 $144.72
6/5/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7628 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092203516749081239133316831821208724482727293634864630536786441022610735112631214515213
2132644597521018127014501729191022072541279731193867487664599171103961091111557131680
0000001450172919102207254127973119386748766459917110396109111155700
0000001566177519982328263428663303424951217552969910565110871185100
1860 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base372941593486297749031379162519342113227125522941415750151127217734111
267911522244167781710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734110
00000081710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734100
00000086012201543183120532218245828113751472991861558017734100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5367
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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