Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 157,500
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: $1.24 (10/26/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S 10C MS obverse 1863 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Since silver coins actively circulated in the West, where paper money of any kind was shunned, the mintage of dimes at the San Francisco Mint was fairly steady from 1861-67. Though these figures are not especially low, there were no coin collectors seeking such pieces in their own time, so nearly all survivors are heavily worn and/or damaged.

Mint State examples are very rare. When found they typically display weakness at Liberty's head and the wreath bow knot. With U. S. coin dies mounted in an inverted position to one another, these two design features are opposed, and this reduced the likelihood of both die cavities filling completely.

Seven obverse dies were shipped to the San Francisco Mint for 1863, but the existing supply of reverse dies on hand was deemed sufficient. As it turned out, just one die pair was actually used. It seems that the need for obverse dies was almost always overestimated, and this remained true until production at the SFM began to increase in 1868.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1863 S 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 125 165 240 625 625 1075 1300 1650 2300 3050 3500 4500 9200 16500 37500 - - - - -
$ 700 1175 1450 1800 2500 3250 3800 5000 10000 18000 40000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/18/2000 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1359, 1359/Lot# 1185 $163.50
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 658 $5,175.00
11/6/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 386 $4,887.50
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 107 $48,875.00
5/8/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131120/Lot# 22671 $172.50
3/10/2013 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131312/Lot# 26576 $142.18
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4800 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base185111143255409579725990113813331450163420292401373041724817109621699711
29931211803064656278131039120313721511176521532844387743876865129731699710
0000006278131039120313721511176521532844387743876865129731699700
0000006769011088126814111572189722773287402446028913149851699700
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4817
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 255
Owner: USMC78
 
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