Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 50,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.18 (5/27/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S 10C MS obverse 1870 S 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1870 S dimes are very scarce across all grades, though the rarity of this issue at or near Mint State is less than for S-Mint dimes of the 1850s.

Six pair of dies were shipped to San Francisco in December, though only a single pair is known to have been used. In fact, none of the new reverses were used, as this date was struck with a die leftover from 1869's production. Walter Breen reports that all were struck in November of 1870.

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Last Updated: 7/21/2015

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1870 S 10C MS
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Base $ 425 525 635 800 1025 1225 1450 1675 1950 2650 3100 3650 4650 7850 25500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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10/22/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1311 $1,998.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 255 $9,775.00
1/12/2009 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 321, 327/Lot# 446 $839.50
4/27/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10102 $1,495.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3545 $2,760.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5593 $793.13
3/3/2016 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 7261 $446.50


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