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

1863-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS AU53
PCGS #:
4638
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.48 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
157,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,875 • PCGS MS65 • 2-13-2008 • 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 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 9 / 67 TIE 23 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 12 / 67 TIE 28 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2008:107, $48,875 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:138, $43,475

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Jim O'Donnell, sold privately in 5/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98239, $30,550

4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2008:107, $48,875 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:138, $43,475

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Jim O'Donnell, sold privately in 5/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98239, $30,550

4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1863, the bulk of the Dime production occurred at the San Francisco Mint.  In fact, San Francisco Mint employees produced more than ten times the number of Dimes as their counterparts at the Philadelphia Mint.  Despite the larger mintage, the 1863-S Dime is more difficult to locate in Mint State than the 1863, nor does it come as nice.  The best known 1863-S Dime is a single NGC MS66, but the most valuable is the PCGS MS65+ from the Simpson Collection (sold for a record $48,875 in 2008).

Liberty Seated Dime expert, Gerry Fortin, has identified only a single die pair for this year, meaning that all 157,500 Dimes came from the same dies.