Obverse Dies: 1 Known
Strike weakness is common for 1863 San Francisco coinage. Examples are often seen with a flat head and weakness in the letters (OF AME)RICA. Reverse weakness will be found on the bow knot and lower wreath. Only one die pair is known.
Scarce in all circulated grades and becomes difficult in problem free EF-AU. Another San Francisco mint date that is rare in Mint State.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, A Silky, Satiny Specimen With Intense Cartwheel Luster. Faint Sky Blue, Gold and Rose Toning, Well Struck Throughout. Formerly in the Frog Run, Lovejoy and Reed Hawn Collections
In 1863, the bulk of the Dime production occurred at the San Francisco Mint. In fact, San Francisco Mint employees produced more than ten times the number of Dimes as their counterparts at the Philadelphia Mint. Despite the larger mintage, the 1863-S Dime is more difficult to locate in Mint State than the 1863, nor does it come as nice. The best known 1863-S Dime is a single NGC MS66, but the most valuable is the PCGS MS65+ from the Simpson Collection (sold for a record $48,875 in 2008).
Liberty Seated Dime expert, Gerry Fortin, has identified only a single die pair for this year, meaning that all 157,500 Dimes came from the same dies.
Heritage 2/2008:107, $48,875 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:138, $43,475
Jim O'Donnell, sold privately in 5/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98239, $30,550