Coins Certified as of 1/20

My Coin #05488829

1870-S 10C MS65

PCGS#: 4652

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 50,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

The 1870 San Francisco date is very scarce in all grades and becomes rare in EF or better. In Mint State, the release of a small hoard allows some availability, though the date is still considered rare.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Well Struck, Bold Luster with Light Golden Toning

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1870-S Dime is a semi-scarce issue, in sharp contrast to just about every other denomination issued in San Francisco in 1870 (for example, the 1870-S Half Dime and Three-Dollar Gold piece are unique and the 1870-S Silver dollar is exceedingly rare).  The San Francisco Mint produced 50,000 Dimes, virtually all of which entered circulation.  A small quantity was preserved by collectors such that perhaps 20-30 Mint State examples are known today.  Most of the known Mint State examples are well-preserved, usually in MS64 to MS65.  The best examples are MS66, but only several are known in that grade.

The strike on the 1870-S Dime is often soft in the centers, particularly on the N of ONE and the IM of DIME.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 50,000 Weight: 2.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 23 / 67 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 18 / 67 39 / 122
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 23 / 67 TIE 53 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3677 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30266, $18,800

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade