Obverse Dies: 11 Known
1884 San Francisco dimes are common date in all grades, finding well struck examples in higher grades could be challenging. Most reverse dies are seen with die cracks. Weakness in the reverse denomination is common. Another common Seated Dime date that needs incremental study to complete the task of identifying the obverse dies.
Plate Coin: Simply a Gem! Incredible Original Patina With Lavendar, Rose, Blue Toning On Obverse and Light Sunset Gold and Blues on Reverse, a Remarkable Dime That Should be in a MS67 Holder
In 1884, as in the previous five years, only the Philadelphia Mint produced Dimes. The mintage dropped to 3,365,505 -- less than half that of 1883 -- yet the 1884 Dime is still a common coin. In Mint State, collectors are most likely to encounter an MS63 or an MS64, with slightly fewer pieces appearing in MS62 and MS65. Even Gems are relatively common, as evidenced by a PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census that consists entirely of MS67 examples with a pair of MS68's at the top end. The 1884 Dime usually comes well struck, with frosty to brilliant luster.
Dime researcher Gerry Fortin has identified 11 die pairs for this date. However, one of those pairs was used to strike only Proofs, which is in variance with preceding years, where Proof dies were sometimes used to strike coins for circulation.
Goldbergs 1/2015:1200, $13,512.50
Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3081, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2032, $17,038