1859-S 10C AU55 Certification #03523603, PCGS #4621

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 60,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

The second rarest San Francisco mint Seated dime above VF grade after the 1858-S date. Extremely rare in Mint State with few certified by the top grading services. A single die pair is known for the 1859 San Francisco coinage.

In the past three years, several certified AU examples have appeared at auction bringing strong monies well above Coin World's CoinValues. A lone example is known in PCGS MS65 grade and sold in excess of $50,000 at auction.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, White and Lustrous With Faint Gray Toning Near the Rims, Bold Strike With No Signs of Reverse Roughness as is Typical for This Date

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1859-S Dime is one of the keys of the Seated Liberty Dime series.  The 1859-S Dime has a mintage that is identical to that of the 1858-S Dime (60,000 coins), and both dates boast the smallest mintage of any of the U.S. Dimes from the 1850's.  Both are nearly impossible to find in Mint State and the 1859-S is the more rare of the two dates by a small margin.  The best example is a single PCGS MS65 which has sold at various times over the past dozen years in a range from $75,900 to $100,000.  It is the finest example by a two full points.

Researcher Jerry Fortin identified only die variety for this year.

17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 34 TIE 5 / 122 TIE
All Grades 2 R-9.9 1 / 34 2 / 122
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 2/2003:1356, $92,000 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:304, $75,900 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7289, not sold

2 MS63 PCGS grade

R.M. Smythe 11/2003:1105 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98263, $25,850

3 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3658, $25,300

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade