Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 172,500
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.20 (5/6/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S 10C MS obverse 1861 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 S dime is a very scarce coin across all grades. Mint State examples are genuinely rare.

Most examples are a bit weakly struck in the upper left portion of the wreath, as well as at Liberty's head and foot. The rims are often ill defined, which was a chronic problems for the San Francisco Mint during the 1860s. Perhaps it was the shape or finishing of its collars that led to excessive wear of the dies in the border area.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1861 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 105 170 400 675 1025 1150 1850 2400 5000 8250 12000 - - 57500 - - - -
$ 750 1125 1300 2050 2600 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 25
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/30/2006 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Online Session #391, 391/Lot# 28885 $373.75
9/12/2011 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 618, 625/Lot# 135 $488.75
2/24/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 50533 $2,205.50
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3289 $881.25
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3369 $2,585.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4065 $51,700.00
2/1/2015 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131506/Lot# 24005 $193.88
3/31/2015 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32774 $481.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092203815519901363145017301843236826993345381747565563588895111007410578111001197315009
2132744386971114139215431768201824782914350241305025567170969699102421075211391129850
0000001543176820182478291435024130502556717096969910242107521139100
0000001637180521932589313036604443529457808303988610410109261168200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3817
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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