Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 140,000
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: $1.34 (2/22/2020)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 S 10C MS obverse 1860 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco alone coined dimes of the old style in 1860. Walter Breen reported that four obverse dies dated 1860 were shipped west on November 2, 1859. Since the transcontinental railroad was still 10 years away, these would have traversed the plains and mountains by horse-drawn express wagon. It's likely that this slow process accounts for the fact that dies of the new type having the national legend on the obverse were not received in time to prevent production with this obsolete design.

Despite its modest mintage the 1860 S dime is not a great rarity. Perhaps collectors recognized its distinctiveness early enough to preserve worn examples that were still circulating. Only in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State is this issue a rarity.

Two die pairs are known to have been used for 1860 S dimes, suggesting that production occurred in two batches separated by weeks or months. Both reverses were leftover from the shipment of 1858 and have the smaller size of S typical for 1858 S and 1859 S.

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Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1860 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 200 250 535 725 975 1200 1570 2100 2650 3000 5000 8250 12700 40000 60000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1860 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1413373238-31-2-1----51
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Total--1413373238-31-2-1----51
 --2%8%25%6%14%6%4%6%16%-6%2%-4%-2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base372941593486297749031379162519342113227125522941415750151127217734111
267911522244167781710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734110
00000081710611461172819932165236426813346444371001342617734100
00000086012201543183120532218245828113751472991861558017734100
1860 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22036662072511861421154216831886217625252834300938174756569388491022610735112631214515213
2694516558791264146115891751198322922628289232784130506867459308103961091111557131680
0000001589175119832292262828923278413050686745930810396109111155700
0000001636181820792409273129513548444353817797976710565110871185100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5693
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2176
Owner: JTO
 
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