Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 50,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.12 (3/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 S 10C MS obverse 1870 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1870 S dimes are very scarce across all grades, though the rarity of this issue at or near Mint State is less than for S-Mint dimes of the 1850s.

Six pair of dies were shipped to San Francisco in December, though only a single pair is known to have been used. In fact, none of the new reverses were used, as this date was struck with a die leftover from 1869's production. Walter Breen reports that all were struck in November of 1870.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2019

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1870 S 10C MS
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Base $ 423 504 728 910 1100 1240 1460 1690 2190 2300 2650 3150 3750 5430 9380 22400 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing G series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1870 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-14310123----1-236-----36
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Total-14310123----1-236-----36
 -3 %11 %8 %28 %3 %6 %8 %----3 %-6 %8 %17 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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7/20/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 5778 $10,350.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1482 $4,600.00
6/10/2007 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2379, 2379/Lot# 1317 $476.00
1/12/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 321, 327/Lot# 446 $839.50
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3545 $2,760.00
9/7/2011 NGC Details AG Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7462 $89.00
3/27/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5344 $1,116.25
3/3/2016 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 7261 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base918949111713031477160917071865196921792352258526992948321636014630725876548065875611182
928100511791361152116421760190020392237243026232782303733443944550673907791829595650
0000001760190020392237243026232782303733443944550673907791829500
0000001812193421092294250726612865312734734287638275227928852600
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Grade: VF Details
Points: 739
Owner: ddr70
 
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