Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 972,678
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.99 (5/8/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 S 10C MS obverse 1889 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is slightly scarce in lower grades and genuinely rare at or near Mint State. Gems are very rare and seldom seen. The weakness at Liberty's head so typical of this coin type is common for most 1889 S dimes.

The Small S mintmark (photos) is the more common variety, even though it is a throwback to years earlier. Most examples seen bear the Medium S mintmark more familiar on dimes of this period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/30/2019

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1889 S 10C MS
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Base $ 18.00 25.00 35.00 85.00 110 165 200 250 300 425 550 700 915 1150 3250 5500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 3975 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1889 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----121324191511141472----86
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Total----121324191511141482----87
 ----1%2%1%3%2%5%22%1%6%13%16%16%9%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 S 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45639416324132336951757565576410921135116816392190357937383902142091525518870
517311718926833841853660169187311061146132518222653363237927337145571646019814
000000418536601691873110611461325182226533632379273371455700
0000004675556287279821120115714822006311636853847107731490600
1889 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base507211914332039543753962072582010281206139316241903338639844207447149206527
578812720234540947156665575788910871268147017172397358540584295462154566853
00000047156665575788910871268147017172397358540584295462100
00000050559369078895911471331154718102892378541334383477000
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