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: $1.97 (5/11/2021)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1856 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 200 365 1000 975 1900 2500 2850 3350 4100 5000 6000 12000 18000 27500 54000 - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
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: 5/11/2021 1856 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1313466--23-1111------33
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Total1313466--23-1111------33
 3%9%3%9%12%18%18%--6%9%-3%3%3%3%------ 

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Disclaimer: The auction prices realized listed in the NGC Auction Central are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. The auction data listed by NGC may occasionally contain typographical or input errors that can result in incorrect prices realized appearing on the NGC website. Therefore, the prices realized listed in NGC Auction Central are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and facts that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and – when appropriate – expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Auction Central. By using the NGC Auction Central, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the NGC Auction Central.