Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,423,076
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 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 S 10C MS obverse 1890 S 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Relatively common for a San Francisco Mint dime of the period, 1890 S is available in most circulated grades but becomes moderately scarce at or near Mint State. Gems are rare.

This issue is very rich in mintmark varieties. As with 1889 S, both Small and Medium mintmarks were used, and the distinction between these is obvious. The Small S variety is the scarcer of the two. The Medium over Small S variety long listed in guides does not exist for this date. Also known is a misplaced date obverse die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1890 S 10C MS
Base $ 17.00 22.00 30.00 45.00 75.00 165 190 225 250 400 525 700 1075 2850 6800 - - - -
$ 90.00 - - - 275 - - 775 1350 3200 - - -

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Total Graded: 113
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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7/20/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 5795 $1,897.50
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2595 $460.00
1/6/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 716 $747.50
6/17/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1851 $1,164.95
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3718 $3,220.00
7/16/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 1793 $60.00
6/29/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 192592 $160.00
8/24/2014 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 818, 827/Lot# 791 $703.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2910
Owner: Gerry Fortin
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1393
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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