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: $2.01 (5/10/2021)
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: 4/11/2019

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1863 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 155 155 195 600 900 1225 1550 1950 2350 3250 4100 5000 11500 18000 33500 47500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5750 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
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: 5/4/2021 1863 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21325251-6421142------41
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Total21325251-6421142------41
 5%2%7%5%12%5%12%2%-15%10%5%2%2%10%5%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336515631684133916921776184320412355267133453712405651696545829394159561100451085613687
396554649902145717201798190921462460289634673827442756287128866794649722103151180014371
00000017981909214624602896346738274427562871288667946497221031500
00000018211975225025663120359039414798608677109041951298841058600
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Grade: FINE Details
Points: 342
Owner: ronniemcmahan
 
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