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: $1.21 (5/28/2015)
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: 1/3/2014

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1890 S 10C MS
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 45.00 75.00 165 190 220 240 415 480 700 1075 2800 6250 - - - -
$ 90.00 185 215 245 270 450 530 775 1250 3200 7500 - -

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Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/29/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0845, 845/Lot# 1318 $1,512.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2595 $460.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7387 $299.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7842 $705.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12282 $822.50
12/22/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 152128 $75.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 152128 $75.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5609 $129.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 S 10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4217
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2910
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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