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: $1.23 (11/21/2017)
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: 9/22/2016

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1870 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 475 590 785 1025 1275 1465 1650 1875 2300 2650 3150 3750 4650 8250 24500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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10/22/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1311 $1,998.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 255 $9,775.00
11/20/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 8011 $747.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1361 $385.40
9/25/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7647 $381.88
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3371 $1,175.00
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22141 $223.25
7/19/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131530/Lot# 27112 $211.50


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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