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SERIES: Barber Dimes 1892-1916
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1903-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS XF40
PCGS #:
4832
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
613,300
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$17,038 • PCGS MS67 • 12-14-2014 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 25 / 76 TIE 25 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 76 TIE 12 / 76 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 23 / 76 TIE 23 / 76 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

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

1 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  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

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

1 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  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

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.