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: $1.05 (5/20/2019)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1865 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 120 275 370 975 1310 2950 3425 4475 6275 7200 8450 10100 13300 24200 53500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 32
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: 5/14/2019 1865 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1126833221---12-------32
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Total1126833221---12-------32
 3 %3 %6 %19 %25 %9 %9 %6 %6 %3 %---3 %6 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/9/2006 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL FUN Online Session #395, 395/Lot# 25651 $402.50
11/7/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2955, 2955/Lot# 1363 $805.00
4/1/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/01/2012, 16/Lot# 38978 $220.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 191 $235.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5589 $600.43
2/22/2015 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131509/Lot# 21114 $329.00
2/4/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1232/Lot# 3155 $16,450.00
2/12/2017 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131708/Lot# 25108 $305.50
9/7/2017 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 7349 $576.00


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