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.
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.
Heritage 2/2002:5509 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98291, $14,100
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
Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5310, $6,756 - Heritage 10/2016:3077, $5,640