Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 172,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.81 (3/5/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S 10C MS obverse 1861 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 S dime is a very scarce coin across all grades. Mint State examples are genuinely rare.

Most examples are a bit weakly struck in the upper left portion of the wreath, as well as at Liberty's head and foot. The rims are often ill defined, which was a chronic problems for the San Francisco Mint during the 1860s. Perhaps it was the shape or finishing of its collars that led to excessive wear of the dies in the border area.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1861 S 10C MS
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Base $ 75.00 160 235 475 880 1250 1600 2125 3200 4300 5500 8500 13000 40000 42500 67500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
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: 3/2/2021 1861 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--427151313-42---1----34
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Total--427151313-42---1----34
 --12%6%21%3%15%3%9%3%9%-12%6%---3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20128852769514661735185619282154254030093694436151376451884990461065311178117221197315009
23036858395215561775188020032283269632373916462055757250891595821082811359118061298515759
0000001880200322832696323739164620557572508915958210828113591180600
00000019042079241128533466413948786013805089801011711003115411188900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4361
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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