Obverse Dies: 10 Known
1882 Philadelphia dimes are often seen with flat heads and weak reverse denominations. The strike weakness may be a function of the hubbing quality of the working dies employed for this date''s coinage. Additional research is required for the 1882 date to identify all of the obverse dies employed by the Philadelphia mint.
Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Misplaced Digit In Base, Repunched 2, Frosty Example With Rose-Violet, Amber and Sea-Green Toning On The Obverse and More Intense Russet On The Left Reverse Border, Simply A Gem Example.
1882 saw a spectacular rise in the mintage of Dimes. In fact, the mintage of the 1882 Dimes was almost 163 times (yes, 163 times) that of 1881. The result of this large mintage is a plethora of nice examples for today's collectors. This is borne out in the PCGS Population Report (where hundreds of Mint State 1882 Dimes are reported) and the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census (where the top ten 1882 Dimes are all MS67 or better).
Most 1882 Dimes have a frosty luster, though Prooflike examples also exist. Strike quality is usually excellent.
Gerry Fortin, keeper of all things Seated Liberty Dimes, has identified twelve different die pairs used for this date. This means that, on average, each die pair was responsible for striking 325,833 Dimes.