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: $1.11 (3/18/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/15/2019

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1868 S 10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 45.00 90.00 260 459 715 754 819 910 1100 1180 1290 1880 3700 5620 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: 3/18/2019 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
Sale / Lot
Price
6/1/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1054, 1054/Lot# 1266 $283.40
9/6/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7810 $329.00
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
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 821, 830/Lot# 10056 $800.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14723 $540.50
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14724 $18.80
8/10/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3624 $2,820.00
9/18/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131639/Lot# 27848 $387.75


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