Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,196,116
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.23 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 S 10C MS obverse 1891 S 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1891 S dimes are plentiful in circulated grades and only slightly scarce in Mint State. Gems are somewhat elusive. Weakness at Liberty's head is a probably for many survivors, with slight weakness at the bow knot also being found to some degree.

The two mintmark styles found for 1889-90 S dimes were repeated with this date, but the 1891 S dime is only slightly more scarce with the Small S than the Medium S. Several minor varieties are known, and the only one to attract much collector attention is that having a Medium S clearly punched over a Small S. The high visibility of both mintmarks is what makes this variety so appealing.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/21/2019

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1891 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 25.00 30.00 40.00 75.00 95.00 115 150 180 185 220 275 400 550 1100 2000 10000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 176
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1891 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11--1121521228263144251031--176
-------------1--------1
-------------1-11-----3
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Total11--1121521228283145261031--180
 1 %1 %--1 %1 %1 %1 %3 %1 %7 %1 %4 %16 %17 %25 %14 %6 %2 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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11/7/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #193, 193/Lot# 149 $253.00
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 664 $1,121.25
5/8/2011 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3061, 3061/Lot# 1299 $44.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7841 $329.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4357 $940.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1220 $23.08
9/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/28/2014, 194/Lot# 213275 $1.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20376 $235.00
11/5/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131746/Lot# 23956 $336.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41811021231632883043514095025755866637749901206179924645158546659867111
548810913620529332037044052657961270084610621404202133625261563963610
00000032037044052657961270084610621404202133625261563900
00000033539047155158263773791811341601224242605363581300
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Grade: GENUINE
Points: 41
Owner: iahawkracefan
 
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