Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 70,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/27/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 S 10C MS obverse 1856 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though the San Francisco Mint received six obverse dies and two reverses for this, its first coinage of dimes, it appears that just a single pair was used for the small resulting mintage.

Not surprisingly, this issue is rare in all grades, with Mint State examples extremely so. Typically the few such coins are quite well struck.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1856 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 200 715 1020 1620 2000 2500 2750 3250 5000 6650 7925 10000 17600 27500 54000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1856 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1212366--23-1111------30
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Total1212366--23-1111------30
 3 %7 %3 %7 %10 %20 %20 %--7 %10 %-3 %3 %3 %3 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 95   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 26 $95.00
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2038 $15,210.00
4/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 185406 $352.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 162264 $15,750.00
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14711 $146.88
1/6/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 3735 $2,115.00
3/13/2016 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131612/Lot# 27067 $705.00
7/12/2018 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1277/Lot# 3510 $1,320.00


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