Mintage: 5,780,000 (Including Large Dates)
Large Date Obverse Dies: 4 Known
During 1856, both Large Date and Small Date dimes were struck. Large Date dimes are rare in Mint State and the recent upward adjustment in Coin World Values pricing is more reflective of their scarcity. Small Date examples are much more common than Large Dates in both circulated and Mint State grades.
Four 1856 Large Date obverse dies and twenty two Small Date obverse dies have been identified to date.
Plate Coin: F-104, Very High Large Date, Low Mint State Population, Light Mottled Rose and Gray Toning Throughout Over Problem Free Surfaces
Gordon Wrubel: You are at a coin convention and you are offered a "raw" Mint State 1856 10C at a favorable price. How can you tell if it is the very common Small Date or the much rarer Large Date? This is an easy call if you look at the 5 in the date. The Small Date variety has a "Slanted" 5, while the Large Date has an "Upright" 5. The Large Date is about 5 times scarcer than the Small Date. As of this writing, the Population Report for the Large Date shows one 66 and one 67 at the top. The next highest is MS 64. The Small Date census boasts more than two dozen specimens 65 or better, topped with a lone MS 67.
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