Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 50,000
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: $1.41 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6502 $4,887.50
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
11/20/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 8011 $747.50
11/29/2012 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8341 $528.75
2/3/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7459 $329.00
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
3/27/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5344 $1,116.25
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30896 $331.35


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