Coins Certified as of 1/19

My Coin #60144593

1858-S 10C AU55

PCGS#: 4618

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 60,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

1858 San Francisco dimes are very scarce in any grade. In grades of VF or better, 1858-S dimes are more difficult to locate than either the 1856 or 1859 San Francisco dates. Extremely rare in Mint State as few examples are known.

Three obverse dies were paired with two reverses dies.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Choice About Uncirculated Example With Medium Gold/Brown Toning, Original and Problem Free, Formerly in Tim Cook Collection

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1858-S Dime is a great date in a series full of rarities.  The 1858-S Dime has a mintage that is identical to that of the 1859-S Dime (60,000 coins), and both dates boast the smallest mintage of any of the U.S. Dimes from the 1850's.  Even in low grade, the 1858-S Dime is a recognized rarity, but in Mint State, it is virtually impossible to find one, let alone a nice one.  The runaway star for this date is the PCGS MS66, formerly of the Eugene Gardner Collection and the price-record holder of $88,125.  A strong candidate for second best is the Eliasberg example, graded MS64 in 1996, but not seen since then (to the best of our knowledge).  

Researcher Jerry Fortin identified three different die varieties for the 1858-S Dime, which is a surprisingly large number for such a small mintage.  According to Fortin, the three varieties are of roughly equal rarity.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 60,000 Weight: 2.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 350 R-6.3 11 / 34 37 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 8 R-9.6 5 / 34 11 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Stellar Collection - Stack’s/Bowers, sold privately in 12/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30258, $88,125

2 MS64 estimated grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1162, $10,780

3 MS63 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4185, $18,800

3 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade