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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1856-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+
PCGS #:
4613
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.48 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
70,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,700 • PCGS MS65 • 2-24-2003 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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  

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.