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: $1.13 (3/23/2019)
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: 3/22/2019

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1871 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 39.00 45.00 130 367 455 700 805 900 1170 1480 1660 2075 3750 5310 15300 30200 - - - -

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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: 3/18/2019 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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Price
10/24/2006 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 714 $2,530.00
1/3/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10313 $299.00
9/6/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7815 $305.50
10/7/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3359, 3359/Lot# 1358 $414.00
11/29/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8345 $282.00
8/18/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 31 $625.00
10/10/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14728 $211.50
1/25/2015 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131505/Lot# 21246 $69.00


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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