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: $1.34 (2/22/2020)
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: 1/31/2020

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1871 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.50 45.00 130 350 500 910 940 1000 1150 1620 1975 2525 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: 2/18/2020 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%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94167183450908113814211619164917071843221224512767334539196129824786819133988910691
118172272603985123214871629166817521966229225562960353646566835839288329385101560
0000001487162916681752196622922556296035364656683583928832938500
0000001553163916881798208923712662315237285392754185368982963700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3919
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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