Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 450,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.39 (10/1/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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Total Graded: 57
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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8/4/1997 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0968, 968/Lot# 1182 $35.97
4/22/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1043, 1043/Lot# 1275 $1,782.00
2/14/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 108 $1,150.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7361 $1,018.90
7/6/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202477 $150.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3092 $5,875.00
1/25/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22140 $211.50
3/31/2015 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32778 $763.75

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