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: $1.26 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S 10C MS obverse 1863 S 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/22/2016

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1863 S 10C MS
Base $ 130 155 195 325 725 1225 1550 1950 2350 3250 4100 5000 11500 18000 39000 47500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 31
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 658 $5,175.00
2/21/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3018, 3018/Lot# 1338 $345.00
7/12/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3403 $1,265.00
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
1/29/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7298 $881.25
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

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