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: $1.21 (3/2/2015)
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: 5/8/2014

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1887 S 10C MS
Base $ 13.00 16.00 18.00 24.00 38.00 38.00 80.00 92.00 110 125 145 175 215 255 475 1200 3000 11700 - - -
$ 42.00 88.00 100.00 120 135 160 195 240 280 600 1450 3750 - -

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Total Graded: 290
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1047 $718.75
9/22/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3713 $345.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 1615 $661.25
6/1/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3323 $948.75
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7835 $397.15
5/18/2014 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10074 $180.00
5/19/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20117 $68.15
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 137962 $275.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1812
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 64
Points: 856
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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