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1856-S 10C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS #:
4613
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.48 grams
Mintage:
70,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 10 / 34 TIE 18 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 15
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 34 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 34 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 34 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 2/2003:1355, $43,700

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3651 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98258, $19,975

2 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS62 PCGS grade
9 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 2/2003:1355, $43,700

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3651 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98258, $19,975

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS63+ PCGS grade
#4 MS63+ PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#9 MS62 PCGS grade
#9 MS62 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1856-S Dime is a true prize in the Seated Liberty Dime series. It is the first year in which the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes. The 1856-S Dime has a low mintage of only 70,000 pieces. It is decidedly rare in Mint State. Even low grade examples are scarcer and desirable.

The late Gene Gardner, one of the foremost collectors of Seated Liberty coinage, rated this date High R7 in Mint State. A small number of MS63 and MS64 examples exist, but the best is a single PCGS MS65 sold way back in 2003 for $43,700.

On this date, the central details are usually well-defined, but the denticles can often be soft or downright weak.