Obverse Dies: 2 Known
1886 San Francisco coinage is scarce in circulated grades, becoming rare in Mint State. It is slightly more difficult to locate in circulated grades than 1884 San Francisco examples.
One of the two obverse dies is rarely seen and should bring a substantial premium would located. This rare 1886-S variety has a level date that is positioned further right than the commonly seen 1886-S obverse.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Fully lustrous, toned with variegated deep rose and steel-blues that are lighter on the reverse, sharply struck throughout.
The 1886-S Dime has a relatively small mintage and low survival rate, making it the third or fourth most important Dime of the 1875-1891 period. The 1886-S Dime tracks the 1884-S Dime (another low date) in terms of overall rarity. For instance, in Mint State, the populations of each are very close, but the 1886-S trends toward higher grades. In fact, the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS66 and tops out at MS68, which is exceptionally high for a Dime from this era.
Superior 7/2003:1009 - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:42, $21,850
Heritage 6/2013:4428, $6,462.50 - Heritage 4/2015:3871, $5,405
Heritage 10/2001:6014 - Heritage 2/2002:5711 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98282, $8,812.50
Bob R. Simpson Collection