Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 135,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.99 (5/8/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 S 10C MS obverse 1866 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Six obverse dies were shipped to the San Francisco Mint for 1866 dime coinage, but it appears that only two of these were used. Paired with two reverse dies leftover from earlier shipments, the result was three known die marriages.

This issue is rare across all grades, with Mint State pieces being especially elusive. Most 1866 S dimes were poorly struck at Liberty's head and the opposing design elements of the bow knot and mintmark. The mintmark, in particular, is so shallow on this date that many examples have been offered as 1866(P) dimes in the past, and only a study of die characteristics has enabled authenticators to sort out the confusion.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1866 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 120 230 450 775 1075 1375 1600 2150 2750 3450 5625 8250 12750 22000 27000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1866 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4224724223--32-242----45
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Total4224724223--32-242----45
 9%4%4%9%16%4%9%4%4%7%--7%4%-4%9%4%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16322052790812961707188220252302255529483313359240244565570270777651909495611034313077
182322654103714331765193021172386268630703406373642044944616072688132925098221125413731
0000001930211723862686307034063736420449446160726881329250982200
00000019772210247128173191349938804385532366197460861394051008200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4565
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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