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: $1.23 (10/18/2017)
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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Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1863 S 10C MS
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Base $ 130 155 195 325 725 1225 1550 1950 2350 3250 4100 5000 11500 18000 39000 47500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5750 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 32
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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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
7/22/2012 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3315, 3315/Lot# 1452 $1,750.00
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3370 $940.00
4/22/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3848 $1,527.50
5/12/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98239 $30,550.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 285 $11,750.00


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