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Coins Certified as of 9/26

My Coin #02363301

1862 10C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 02363301
PCGS#: 4635

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 847,550
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

Nearly all 1862 dimes come well struck. Many examples are found with prooflike surfaces. To date, eight different obverse dies have been identified for Philadelphia coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102a, Business Strike From Proof Dies, Strictly Original As Expected With MS66 Grade, Medium Gray/Rose/Lavender Toning Over Soft Luster

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1862, the production of Dimes at the Philadelphia Mint dropped by more than half.  Nonetheless, the 1862 Dime is considered a common date, and it is one of the most affordable dates of the type.  Mint State examples are plentiful, even in Gem condition (for example, the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS66).

The 1862 Dime is known for frosty luster.  Many examples show striated planchets from die polishing (not to be confused with hairlines).  Fully struck examples exist and they are the ideal, but be prepared to accept some soft strikes if necessary.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified ten different die varieties of this year, of which two die pairs were used to strike Proofs.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 847,000 Weight: 2.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,300 R-4.8 44 / 67 TIE 93 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 45 / 67 TIE 94 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 35 R-8.8 45 / 67 TIE 88 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2011:3299, $4,600 - Heritage 10/2011:3488, $4,312.50 - Jason Feldman Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade