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: $1.05 (8/31/2015)
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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Auction Prices Realized

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1/3/2006 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1732 $2,300.00
3/21/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 1551 $575.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(6), 1166/Lot# 5475 $6,900.00
1/3/2012 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10312 $218.50
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
3/27/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5337 $998.75

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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