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: $1.15 (10/6/2015)
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: 7/20/2015

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1861 S 10C MS
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Total Graded: 25
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/3/2006 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 6254 $1,955.00
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
12/5/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7517 $1,116.25
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
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4408 $41,125.00
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
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
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3817
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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