Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 450,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 S 10C MS obverse 1869 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though moderately scarce in Mint State, the 1869 S dime is clearly more available in circulated grades than other San Francisco dimes of the 1860s. Most examples are weakly struck at Liberty's head and portions of the wreath, most notably the bow knot.

Though the San Francisco Mint received six obverse dies for 1869 dimes, only two die pairs are known for this issue. The mintmarks of the reverses have been described as "Small Thin S" and "Small Weak S," respectively, but these appear to be the same punch in different states of clarity. Weak or partially filled mintmarks are a hallmark of San Francisco Mint
dimes from the 1860s in general, but the problem is especially acute with the 1869 S issue.

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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1869 S 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 61
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 12/10/2019 1869 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----322-251-357171211---61
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Total----322-251-357171211---61
 ----5 %3 %3 %-3 %8 %2 %-5 %8 %11 %28 %20 %2 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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4/22/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1043, 1043/Lot# 1275 $1,782.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7361 $1,018.90
12/9/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22078 $40.00
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154491 $249.70
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5592 $158.63
10/12/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25729 $223.25
3/31/2015 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32779 $305.50
9/7/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 7351 $930.00


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