Obverse Dies: 1 Known
A single die pair was used for 1868 San Francisco coinage. This date is scarce in the lower circulated grade and becomes very scarce in EF-AU, rare in Mint State and presently underrated in CoinValues.
For years a separate doubled reverse die was listed by Breen and Greer. In 2005, research revealed that the doubled reverse die was caused by strike doubling and not die doubling via a shifted second hubbing of the reverse die.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Fully Struck and Lustrous, High End PQ Is Best Way To Describe This Rare Date In Mint State. Purchased in an ICG MS65 Holder.
The 1868-S Dime is a moderately scarce date that can be found in most grades up to MS64, though Mint State grades are few. In Gem condition, this date becomes a true condition-rarity. One of the best surviving examples is the Eliasberg coin; another is the PCGS MS66 example from the Eugene Gardner collection. The strike is often soft, especially on the mintmark, partly because the San Francisco Mint used the dies until they were practically worn out.
Gerry Fortin identified only a single die pair for the entire mintage of this year, plus two separate die states for the variety.