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: $1.24 (5/25/2017)
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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Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1866 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/29/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #51, 56/Lot# 426 $1,207.50
6/1/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 1053 $2,300.00
12/8/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7784 $747.50
2/2/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7959 $431.25
1/9/2013 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9471 $381.88
6/17/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3435, 3435/Lot# 1353 $550.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30380 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1866 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1942013956539901505160917531865196923852699296037304361504971388644909495611034313077
1962664817651162154016571790190021082490278632173940459057457640879492509822112540
0000001657179019002108249027863217394045905745764087949250982200
00000017051828193422462594287334734151482064428142894494051008200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 4361
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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