Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,454,450
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.26 (11/20/2017)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1887 S 10C MS obverse 1887 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With its sizable mintage, the 1887 S dime is the first entry from the San Francisco Mint since 1877 to be readily available to collectors across a broad range of grades. The biggest issue in finding a suitable piece will be striking deficiencies. Most are weakly struck at Liberty's head, and the partially filled mintmark seen on the coin illustrated is quite prevalent on S-Mint dimes dated 1887-91.

Some 20 die marriages are noted for 1887 S, and a few of these have repunched or misplaced dates. Of greater general interest, however, are the repunched mintmark varieties. In the past they have been labeled as Large S over Small S, but it is currently believed that all such varieties for 1887 S are merely repunchings of the same letter.

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Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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1887 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.00 17.00 22.00 30.00 45.00 80.00 100.00 125 145 165 190 240 295 500 1200 2500 8900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 330 560 1950 3900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 270
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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7/9/2003 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1750, 1750/Lot# 1115 $742.50
5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1047 $718.75
6/1/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3324 $1,840.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 2061 $437.00
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8375 $258.50
3/31/2013 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 745, 754/Lot# 384 $402.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7657 $352.50
8/31/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216598 $482.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45506372981551713043423954374895636537351103188630095505582863728305
475466811171602153173604094545145936808581364226038415613600970160
0000002153173604094545145936808581364226038415613600900
0000002603293774234725386237089801625263546735720619100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1103
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 735
Owner: pulver set
 
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