This coin ranks in the top third by total mint state population, and is probably a bargain in terms of price. The obverse toning is quite distinctive, moving from east to west with charcoal-blue at the rims, to warm browns. Still plenty of underlying mint luster showing through. The reverse coloring is much more subtle, allowing the wreath details to pop. Total PCGS AU population is 25 with 9 in AU 55 and 11 graded higher in AU 58. The BCCS rating is R3.
The 1896 Dime is a very common coin that can be found in high grade with little difficulty. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census (Top Ten Finest) includes coins in MS66 at the low-end going all the way up to a single MS67 at the top end. This date comes well-struck and fully lustrous. A few prooflike example are known, and the premiums on such coins are so low that they are a "must-buy." The most valuable versions of this date are those with great toning and eye appeal.