Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,423,076
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.05 (5/21/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 S 10C MS obverse 1890 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Relatively common for a San Francisco Mint dime of the period, 1890 S is available in most circulated grades but becomes moderately scarce at or near Mint State. Gems are rare.

This issue is very rich in mintmark varieties. As with 1889 S, both Small and Medium mintmarks were used, and the distinction between these is obvious. The Small S variety is the scarcer of the two. The Medium over Small S variety long listed in guides does not exist for this date. Also known is a misplaced date obverse die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1890 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.95 28.50 34.50 70.00 95.00 170 190 225 235 315 350 400 700 1100 2200 6400 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, 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, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1890 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base21-251413510-10201322178----124
-----------------1----1
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Total21-251413510-10201322179----125
 2 %1 %-2 %4 %1 %3 %1 %2 %4 %8 %-8 %16 %10 %18 %14 %7 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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10/9/2000 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1365, 1365/Lot# 1191 $250.70
1/9/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 (HWCA) New York Signature Sale Session(2), 363/Lot# 22232 $1,265.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2595 $460.00
1/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14293 $655.65
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 192592 $160.00
8/24/2014 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 818, 827/Lot# 791 $703.00
11/5/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131746/Lot# 23178 $240.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6367811151832883365395976637059331013111013931776291042174482476052296907
6472921382183044045586196777819601045120415212154334643054575491657880
0000004045586196777819601045120415212154334643054575491600
0000004715786416918579861078129916482532378143944667507300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2910
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1393
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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