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: $1.92 (6/18/2021)
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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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1870 S 10C MS
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Base $ 400 475 730 785 1025 1275 1465 1650 2200 2300 2650 3150 3750 5425 9500 24500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
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: 6/15/2021 1870 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-15311123----1-236-----38
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Total-15311123----1-236-----38
 -3%13%8%29%3%5%8%----3%-5%8%16%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7451073125214271619179018211903207922612585264328342555334539605049712676548065875611182
8541133131014911676180018481962214023692604270728342818355043235741730277918295956511741
0000001848196221402369260427072834281835504323574173027791829500
0000001876202022002477262427702834308237554686643474787928852600
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Grade: VF Details
Points: 810
Owner: ddr70
 
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