Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 320,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/24/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 S 10C MS obverse 1871 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After the miniscule mintage of dimes at San Francisco in 1870, this year's output returned to the levels achieved in 1868-69. For some reason, however, this date is tougher to locate than those others, and Mint State survivors are particularly elusive.

Two each of obverse and reverse dies were used in three marriages. Weak or incomplete mintmarks appear to be the norm for this issue. 1871 S dimes are also notable for weakness at Liberty's head and the wreath bow, the coin illustrated being a good example of this.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1871 S 10C MS
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Base $ 40.50 45.00 130 350 500 910 935 1000 1150 1620 1940 2450 3750 5300 15250 33000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 64

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1871 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-2111-19-2525------30
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Total--1-2111-19-2525------30
 --3 %-7 %3 %3 %3 %-3 %30 %-7 %17 %7 %17 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/7/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3359, 3359/Lot# 1358 $414.00
10/5/2014 NGC VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 824, 833/Lot# 113 $65.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98272 $11,750.00
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21246 $69.00
3/31/2015 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32780 $364.25
1/22/2017 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131705/Lot# 29160 $399.50
4/4/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1253/Lot# 17460 $549.90


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9810214328864299010661138123913751634192820482319300936756089643767997176781010045
9911619140675810151090117212841461173219682138254932314480620565586925738785550
0000001090117212841461173219682138254932314480620565586925738700
0000001114120513301548183020082229277934535284632166787050759900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3675
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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