Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 180,750
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 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S 10C MS obverse 1862 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen reported that 10 obverse dies were shipped to San Francisco for 1862's dime coinage, along with two reverses to supplement ones leftover from the previous year. Seated Liberty Dime researcher Gerry Fortin has identified only a single obverse and two reverses for the 1862 S coinage, the other obverse dies undoubtedly having been destroyed unused at the end of that year. The reverses remained in use year after year for as long as they were serviceable. The snakelike S mintmark used in 1861 is seen again with this year's dimes and would appear as late as 1871.

Though slightly more available the 1861 S issue, this year's San Francisco Mint dimes are rare across all grades. Mint State pieces are extremely elusive.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1862 S 10C MS
Base $ 45.00 90.00 265 600 1350 1350 1800 2000 2400 2850 3750 4400 5100 7500 13500 28500 - - - - -
$ 1475 2000 2200 2650 3150 4100 4800 5500 8500 15000 31000 - - -

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Total Graded: 17
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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3/8/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3253 $1,725.00
7/26/2012 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5558 $632.50
8/19/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3331, 3331/Lot# 1424 $625.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98265 $35,250.00
10/10/2014 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14718 $182.13
11/6/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7497 $305.50
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22135 $164.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6089
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2525
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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