Obverse Dies: 1 Each Known With Type I and Type II Reverses
1878 Carson City dimes are found with well struck obverses, including Liberty's head. There are four known reverse dies; one being a Type I, the balance are Type II reverse dies. The three different Type II reverse dies all exhibit weakness in the left wreath due to polishing. The polishing or lapping of these reverse dies is most evident on Variety 104, the shattered reverse die from 1877.
Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Polished Reverse Die, Type II Reverse, Lustrous and Well Struck
In 1878, the Carson City Mint struck the last Dimes it would ever produce. As a "going-away" present, the Mint dropped the mintage of the Dimes to a mere fraction of those of the preceding years, this making the 1878-CC the sixth smallest mintage out of nine dates (counting each of the two types of 1873). Thus, the 1878-CC Dimes enjoys strong demand from collectors of products from this popular Mint.
In Mint State, the 1878-CC Dime is scarce and expensive but not inaccessible. Grades above MS64 are truly rare, and the finest example is a remarkable PCGS MS68 (most likely the Eliasberg coin).
Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4070, $13,512.50
William Porter Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1188, $9,400