Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Though the 1903-S Dime has the smallest mintage -- by far --  of any of the 1903 Dimes (Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco), more 1903-S Dimes have been certified by PCGS than either the 1903 or the 1903-O.  This may not be indicative of relative rarity, but may simply be a reflection of the higher value of the 1903-S.  

Numerous, high-grade examples of the 1903-S Dime have survived, usually in MS64.  At the Gem level, MS65 and MS66 examples appear to have survived in relatively equal numbers.  The best example is a PCGS MS67, formerly of the Bob Simpson Collection, which ranks as one of the finest (if not THE finest) Barber Dime collections ever assembled.

The strike quality of the 1903-S Dime is excellent.  Luster ranges from prooflike to a hard brilliance to a soft, creamy surface.

17.90 millimeters
Charles E. Barber
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 5000 R-4.0 25 / 76 TIE 25 / 76 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 12 / 76 TIE 12 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 23 / 76 TIE 23 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:94, $17,037.50

1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2005:6286 -  Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3934, $6,462.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade