Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 157,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.22 (11/12/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S 10C MS obverse 1863 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Since silver coins actively circulated in the West, where paper money of any kind was shunned, the mintage of dimes at the San Francisco Mint was fairly steady from 1861-67. Though these figures are not especially low, there were no coin collectors seeking such pieces in their own time, so nearly all survivors are heavily worn and/or damaged.

Mint State examples are very rare. When found they typically display weakness at Liberty's head and the wreath bow knot. With U. S. coin dies mounted in an inverted position to one another, these two design features are opposed, and this reduced the likelihood of both die cavities filling completely.

Seven obverse dies were shipped to the San Francisco Mint for 1863, but the existing supply of reverse dies on hand was deemed sufficient. As it turned out, just one die pair was actually used. It seems that the need for obverse dies was almost always overestimated, and this remained true until production at the SFM began to increase in 1868.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/26/2019

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1863 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 205 230 655 985 1150 1390 1830 2350 3750 4700 5725 10050 18000 33500 47500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5750 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 11/12/2019 1863 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11214251-642-142------36
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Total11214251-642-142------36
 3 %3 %6 %3 %11 %6 %14 %3 %-17 %11 %6 %-3 %11 %6 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/18/2000 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1359, 1359/Lot# 1185 $163.50
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 658 $5,175.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3145 $13,800.00
6/5/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7631 $414.78
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 285 $11,750.00
9/18/2016 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131639/Lot# 27106 $399.50
9/5/2019 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1299/Lot# 7386 $930.00


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