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Coins Certified as of 12/5

My Coin #09960659

1884-S 10C MS64

CERTIFICATION#: 09960659
PCGS#: 4693

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 564,969
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

Three obverse and reverse dies were used to strike 1884 San Francisco dimes. This date is scarce across all circulated grades, becoming very scarce in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, New variety die pairing between Obverse 1 and Reverse C. Specimen exhibits even luster and traces of obverse toning.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1884 was the first time that employees at the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes since 1877.  They produced over 560,000 Dimes, which is not a small mintage, but because most of the coins went directly into circulation, it is hard to find this date in high grade.  A couple of dozen examples are available in MS63 and MS64, with far fewer examples available in Gem (or better) conditions.

Dime researcher Gerry Fortin has identified six different die varieties for this date.  All of these varieties are at least scarce and several are very rare.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 564,969 Weight: 2.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 600 R-5.8 33 / 67 65 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 22 / 67 TIE 46 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 6 / 67 TIE 18 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2002:5509 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98291, $14,100

2 MS67 estimated grade  

F.K. Saab, sold privately on 10/24/1954 for $22.50 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:669 - Stellar Collection - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98256, $23,500

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5310, $6,756 - Heritage 10/2016:3077, $5,640

5 MS66 PCGS grade