Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 972,678
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: $1.06 (8/30/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 S 10C MS obverse 1889 S 10C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue is slightly scarce in lower grades and genuinely rare at or near Mint State. Gems are very rare and seldom seen. The weakness at Liberty's head so typical of this coin type is common for most 1889 S dimes.

The Small S mintmark (photos) is the more common variety, even though it is a throwback to years earlier. Most examples seen bear the Medium S mintmark more familiar on dimes of this period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1889 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 22.00 30.00 45.00 90.00 160 195 250 355 550 730 950 1775 3650 - - - - -
$ - - 220 280 385 - - 1050 2350 4250 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 81
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/13/1997 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0988, 988/Lot# 1231 $4,922.00
3/15/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25034, 25034/Lot# 13219 $319.70
5/22/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 247, 253/Lot# 5624 $181.70
9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 976 $161.00
3/8/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7528 $276.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6315 $2,350.00
3/16/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 167970 $160.60
3/31/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32797 $329.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63678111518333636652760970589111031206139316582385371239534207447149206527
64729213823434642055464176796211371268148119002827379240384295462154560
00000042055464176796211371268148119002827379240384295462100
000000473582673829103211721331157021433270387341224383477000
1889 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45639416324132336951757565576410921135116816392190357937383902142091525518870
51731171892683384185366016918731106114613251822265336323792733714557164600
000000418536601691873110611461325182226533632379273371455700
0000004675556287279821120115714822006311636853847107731490600
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