Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 260,000
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 (5/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 S 10C MS obverse 1868 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage listed for this issue is a little high for the single die pair identified, and 1868 S dimes are also more scarce across all grades than one would expect. Walter Breen's listing of a second reverse with doubling has proved to be merely strike doubling. These facts tend to bring the 260,000 mintage figure into question.

Strike quality varies, though a weak mintmark is pretty much characteristic of San Francisco dimes in this decade.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1868 S 10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 45.00 90.00 275 530 715 755 820 950 1100 1180 1290 2250 3700 5625 12500 18500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 25
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1868 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--31311-2-1-32-15-2---25
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Total--31311-2-1-32-15-2---25
 --12 %4 %12 %4 %4 %-8 %-4 %-12 %8 %-4 %20 %-8 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
6/13/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2870, 2870/Lot# 1452 $195.50
6/30/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 196 $70.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1059 $4,348.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14723 $540.50
11/6/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7498 $307.85
3/1/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131510/Lot# 23394 $89.00
3/31/2015 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32777 $540.50
9/18/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131639/Lot# 27848 $387.75
1/4/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 9108 $646.25


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