Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 190,000
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 (5/26/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S 10C MS obverse 1872 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though Breen records that four die pairs were shipped to San Francisco for dime coinage in November of 1871, just a single marriage is known for 1872 S dimes. This features a small, tightly packed mintmark that would be typical of most S-Mint Seated Dimes for the next several years. This letter is often seen filled within the loops.

1872 S dimes are moderately scarce in the lower circulated grades and very scarce in grades approaching Mint State. Truly unworn pieces are rare, though enough examples exist to the satisfy the demand from advanced series collectors. These are usually weakly struck at Liberty's head and her base, as well as the upper left of the wreath.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1872 S 10C MS
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Base $ 40.00 97.00 155 385 495 700 800 1060 1150 2000 2250 3250 3500 8750 27500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1872 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2211-115123211-----23
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Total---2211-115123211-----23
 ---9 %9 %4 %4 %-4 %4 %22 %4 %9 %13 %9 %4 %4 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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4/1/1998 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1037, 1037/Lot# 1300 $370.60
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 966 $437.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7816 $440.63
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110695 $465.85
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 34 $250.00
2/3/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3446 $1,645.00
3/27/2015 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5345 $1,647.35


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