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

1909-S 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4853
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,000,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$24,150 • PCGS MS66 • 8-9-2007 • 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 8,000 R-3.4 34 / 76 TIE 34 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 76 TIE 12 / 76 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 14 / 76 TIE 14 / 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 12/2014:116, $12,337.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20045, not sold

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:4057, $12,075 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98304, $9,987.50 - Heritage 9/2015:3829, $9,400

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2007:1634 - Heritage 8/2009:510 - Heritage 8/2015:3997, $9,987.50 - Heritage 6/2016:4397, $7,050

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 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 12/2014:116, $12,337.50 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20045, not sold

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:4057, $12,075 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98304, $9,987.50 - Heritage 9/2015:3829, $9,400

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2007:1634 - Heritage 8/2009:510 - Heritage 8/2015:3997, $9,987.50 - Heritage 6/2016:4397, $7,050

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
10 MS65 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The 1909-S Dime is the most valuable of the 1909 Dimes by just a small margin (over the 1909-D).  The largest certified population is in MS64.  Above that, the number of MS65's drops off dramatically, MS66's are equally rare, and MS67's are fewer than the number of fingers on one hand.

The strike quality of the 1909-S Dime can be slightly mushy, so keep an eye open for fully struck examples (paying particular attention to the leaf structure on the lower reverse).  Positive eye appeal is always appreciated and there are some lovely, high-end coins with great color.  The PCGS MS67 illustrated above (formerly in Bob Simpson's collection) is particularly attractive.