Obverse Dies: 17 Known With Type I Reverse and 3 Known With Type II Reverse
Starting in 1876, two different reverse hub styles appeared. The two different hub reverse styles were entitled Type I and Type II by Kam Ahwash. The different reverse hubs were used by all mints from 1876 through 1878, except for the 1877 coinage produced at the San Francisco mint. Only the Type II reverse hub has been found to date for 1877-S dimes.
1876 San Francisco coinage is common in all grades. The Type I reverse is very common, while the Type II reverse is considered to be very scarce.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Soft Rose Tone
The 1876-S Dime set a new record for production by employees at the San Francisco Mint. Not only is the mintage large by contemporary Dime standards, it exceeds the mintage of all the other 1876-S denominations -- in many cases, by extremely large margins.
1876-S Dimes come with either a Type I or a Type II reverse. The Type I has split ribbon ends on both sides. On the Type II, the ribbon on the left side of the wreath ends in a single point. Overall, the Type I reverse is more common than the Type II reverse. Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified 23 Type I die varieties and 5 Type II varieties.
Assuming that all die varieties have been discovered, each die pair produced an average of over 370,000 coins. Thus, it is not unexpected that many 1876-S Dimes are struck from worn dies. All things being equal, fully struck examples from early states of the dies should be worth a premium.
Heritage 6/2005:5773 - Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30275, $3,290
Heritage 6/2015:3479, $2,400.53 - Heritage 2/2016:3793, not sold
Heritage 8/2015:3669, $2,056.25
Heritage 10/2012:3928, $3,378
Heritage 4/2014:4127, $3,818.75