Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 175,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.34 (2/22/2020)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 S 10C MS obverse 1865 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue had a fairly typical mintage for San Francisco Mint dimes of the early-mid 1860s. These coins circulated extensively, with Mint State pieces surviving by chance alone. Such coins are very rare, and most are quite poorly struck, as in the piece illustrated. Particularly indistinct is the mintmark, and this problem has led to many worn 1865 S dimes being offered as the much more elusive 1865(P) issue.

The Philadelphia Mint shipped four 1865-dated obverse dies to San Francisco in November of 1864. Three of these have been identified by numismatists, and Gerry Fortin's website shows them paired in five different combinations with three reverse dies left over from earlier shipments.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1865 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 120 275 370 975 1375 2950 3500 4650 6550 7200 8450 10500 13300 24200 53500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 33
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 63

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1865 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1126933221---12-------33
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Total1126933221---12-------33
 3%3%6%18%27%9%9%6%6%3%---3%6%------- 

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