Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Dimes (1892-1916)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 593,022
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.24 (8/22/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1901 S 10C MS obverse 1901 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The greater than usual mintage of dimes during 1900 led the San Francisco Mint to cut way back in 1901, resulting in the fourth lowest total for the Barber Dime series.

This issue is scarce across all grades and highly sought. Its rarity is perhaps overestimated a bit, due to its association with the very rare quarter dollar. Mint State coins are elusive, though typically quite well struck and, in some instances, prooflike.

With such a small mintage, it comes as little surprise that no varieties have surfaced. All 1901-S dimes were coined with reverse dies taken from the old hub on which the lower right ribbon is slender.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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1901 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 210 435 560 650 780 880 1020 1220 1380 1530 1750 2125 3050 4700 7200 12900 35000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 26000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1901 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base153315161761324410-2710854-1--172
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Total153315161761324410-2710854-1--172
 9 %19 %9 %9 %10 %3 %8 %1 %2 %2 %6 %-1 %4 %6 %5 %3 %2 %-1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
10/21/1996 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 0886, 886/Lot# 1326 $517.75
4/28/2009 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2270 $18,400.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7421 $1,351.25
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 995 $391.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7857 $587.50
9/30/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 75951 $110.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1400 $1,468.75
3/6/2018 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131811/Lot# 23367 $432.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 10C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2983814775887218741008113112521328143515021651178720292585347447296866113611173412116
325413514632772918104911711277136314571551169618672214288138925441836411485118610
00000010491171127713631457155116961867221428813892544183641148500
00000010901211130213991479160117411948239931774310615398621160900
1901 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base275351442549674820949106611821255135714211564169519282464332445396616109971136111734
30038147759072286398811041206128913781468160717722106275037295231807611118114850
0000009881104120612891378146816071772210627503729523180761111800
00000010271143123013231399151616511850228530374134592395361123900
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