1861-S 10C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
4634
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.48 grams
Mintage:
172,500
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 67 13 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 6 / 67 TIE 18 / 122 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 250
60 or Better 10
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 67
65 or Better 6 / 67 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 11 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 1/2003:441 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30260, $49,937.50

4 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS61 PCGS grade
9 MS60 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 1/2003:441 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30260, $49,937.50

#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 PCGS grade
#9 MS60 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1861-S Dime is much more scarce than the mintage indicates, as is the case with many of the S-Mint issues of this era. The dearth of collectors on the West coast meant the coins circulated until they wore out or were lost. Thus, a coin from the San Francisco Mint will have a lower survival rate than the a coin of the same date and similar mintage from the Philadelphia Mint. Also, few collectors existed in the San Francisco area, thus fewer high-grade coins were preserved.

Mint State 1861-S Dimes are truly rare and they are seldom nice enough to be called choice. PCGS and NGC have each graded an MS66 example, with very little underlying support. The strike is decent, in general, though the details became mushy as the dies wore out. Die clashing is sometimes seen on the left side of the obverse.

Gerry Fortin has identified two different die varieties for this year. Assuming no more varieties are discovered, this gives an average die life of 86,250 coins.