Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,196,116
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 (7/29/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 S 10C MS obverse 1891 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1891 S dimes are plentiful in circulated grades and only slightly scarce in Mint State. Gems are somewhat elusive. Weakness at Liberty's head is a probably for many survivors, with slight weakness at the bow knot also being found to some degree.

The two mintmark styles found for 1889-90 S dimes were repeated with this date, but the 1891 S dime is only slightly more scarce with the Small S than the Medium S. Several minor varieties are known, and the only one to attract much collector attention is that having a Medium S clearly punched over a Small S. The high visibility of both mintmarks is what makes this variety so appealing.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1891 S 10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.00 22.00 30.00 40.00 85.00 105 125 160 210 250 310 560 1175 3300 9750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 167
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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3/22/1997 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #169, 169/Lot# 5915 $1,840.00
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 664 $1,121.25
10/16/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131143/Lot# 28177 $84.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10346 $862.50
7/16/2012 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 1795 $140.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110645 $84.70
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4357 $940.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1220 $23.08


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