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1872-S 10C XF45

PCGS #: 4658

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1872, employees at the San Fancisco Mint made 190,000 Dimes.  All were struck by the same pair of dies, thus there is only one variety known for the year.  Based on population and census reports, approximately two dozen Mint State examples are known, mostly in grades from MS63 to MS64.  Gems are extremely rare and include only two at the PCGS MS65 level (one from the Eliasberg and Gardner collections, and one in the Simpson collection).  

Most examples of this date are well-struck.  If any weakness occurs, it is in the area left of the knot at the base of the wreath.

The price record for this date is $34,500.


17.90 millimeters

James Barton Longacre



2.48 grams
Metal Content

90% Silver, 10% Copper

The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 13 / 67 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 6 / 67 TIE 18 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1196, $7,700 - Heritage 10/2001:5986 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98246, $28,200

1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3683, $34,500

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade