Obverse Dies: 1 Known
1856-S dimes are very challenging to locate in general and become rare above VF and extremely rare in Mint State. A single set of obverse and reverse dies were used for 1856 San Francisco coinage.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Graded MS62 In Old PCGS Green Label Holder, Sharply Struck, Lustrous and Brilliant Surfaces With Gentle Splashes Of Warm Rose And Pale Iridescence, Formerly in Frog Run Collection
The 1856-S Dime is a true prize in the Seated Liberty Dime series. It is the first year in which the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes. The 1856-S Dime has a low mintage of only 70,000 pieces. It is decidedly rare in Mint State. Even low grade examples are scarcer and desirable.
The late Gene Gardner, one of the foremost collectors of Seated Liberty coinage, rated this date High R7 in Mint State. A small number of MS63 and MS64 examples exist, but the best is a single PCGS MS65 sold way back in 2003 for $43,700.
On this date, the central details are usually well-defined, but the denticles can often be soft or downright weak.
Superior 2/2003:1355, $43,700
Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3651 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98258, $19,975