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Coins Certified as of 12/10

My Coin #04851829

1879 10C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 04851829
PCGS#: 4687

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 15,100
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

Despite its low mintage, 1879 Philadelphia dimes are readily available in Mint State and scarce in circulated grades. Surprisingly, five obverse dies were used to strike a very limited amount of coinage. One of the five obverse dies was discovered in 2005.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Die Pair Variety Identified In 2005, A Mauve-Golden Specimen that Offers Satin Reflection and Bold Definition of Design Elements, Ex. Lemus Collection

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1879, the production of Dimes took place only at the Philadelphia Mint, and the mintage was so small that one wonders why they even bothered.  It was barely cost-effective to produce the dies and blanks, set up the press, and strike off 14,000 coins.  However, for collectors, the creation of this rarity was a boon.  Perhaps collectors were aware of the small mintage, as they put aside large quantities of Mint State examples.  PCGS alone has certified over 200 Uncirculated 1879 Dimes.  The high survival rate makes this an affordable rarity and, certainly, a good value.

Gerry Fortin has identified five different die pairs that were used to strike 1879 Dimes.  This is an unusually large number for a date with such a low mintage, but it should be noted that four of the die pairs started out as Proofs, and three of those die pairs were used to strike Mint State examples at a later date.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 14,000 Weight: 2.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 52 / 67 TIE 105 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 52 / 67 106 / 122
65 or Better 130 R-7.7 57 / 67 TIE 106 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS68 PCGS grade  
3 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade