Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,454,450
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.15 (10/7/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1887 S 10C MS obverse 1887 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

With its sizable mintage, the 1887 S dime is the first entry from the San Francisco Mint since 1877 to be readily available to collectors across a broad range of grades. The biggest issue in finding a suitable piece will be striking deficiencies. Most are weakly struck at Liberty's head, and the partially filled mintmark seen on the coin illustrated is quite prevalent on S-Mint dimes dated 1887-91.

Some 20 die marriages are noted for 1887 S, and a few of these have repunched or misplaced dates. Of greater general interest, however, are the repunched mintmark varieties. In the past they have been labeled as Large S over Small S, but it is currently believed that all such varieties for 1887 S are merely repunchings of the same letter.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2015

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1887 S 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 18.00 24.00 38.00 80.00 95.00 110 125 175 215 300 490 1300 3500 8400 - - -
$ 42.00 - 100.00 120 135 - - 330 600 1750 3900 - -

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Total Graded: 256
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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10/28/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98292
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Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6584 $414.00
7/17/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2066, 2066/Lot# 1103 $242.00
1/24/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 215, 221/Lot# 5336 $448.50
5/25/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3928 $242.00
1/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96514 $62.70
8/25/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131336/Lot# 24612 $199.75
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25735 $69.00
3/27/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5366 $3,055.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1103
Owner: Gerry Fortin
Grade: MS 63
Points: 735
Owner: pulver set
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