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

1858-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS AU53

PCGS XF45
PCGS #:
4618
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.48 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
60,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS MS63 • 4-24-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 350 R-6.3 11 / 34 37 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 5 / 34 11 / 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 MS66 PCGS grade  

Stellar Collection - Stack’s/Bowers, sold privately in 12/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30258, $88,125

2 MS64 estimated grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1162, $10,780

3 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4185, $18,800

3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Stellar Collection - Stack’s/Bowers, sold privately in 12/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30258, $88,125

2 MS64 estimated grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1162, $10,780

3 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4185, $18,800

3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1858-S Dime is a great date in a series full of rarities.  The 1858-S Dime has a mintage that is identical to that of the 1859-S Dime (60,000 coins), and both dates boast the smallest mintage of any of the U.S. Dimes from the 1850's.  Even in low grade, the 1858-S Dime is a recognized rarity, but in Mint State, it is virtually impossible to find one, let alone a nice one.  The runaway star for this date is the PCGS MS66, formerly of the Eugene Gardner Collection and the price-record holder of $88,125.  A strong candidate for second best is the Eliasberg example, graded MS64 in 1996, but not seen since then (to the best of our knowledge).  

Researcher Jerry Fortin identified three different die varieties for the 1858-S Dime, which is a surprisingly large number for such a small mintage.  According to Fortin, the three varieties are of roughly equal rarity.