1885-S 10C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
4695
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.50 grams
Mintage:
43,690
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 30 / 67 TIE 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 7 / 67 18 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 17 / 67 TIE 36 / 122 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 15
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 67
65 or Better 17 / 67 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 36 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1228 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30279, $49,937.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
10 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1228 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30279, $49,937.50

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#10 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

San Francisco Mint employees contributed to Dime production in 1885, but only to a limited extent. The mintage of the 1885-S Dime was an anemic 43,690 coins. Most of the 1885-S Dimes entered circulation and few were saved by collectors, thus creating the rarest Dime of the 1875 to 1891 period. Even low-end circulated examples are highly prized. In Mint State, barely a dozen examples are known. Gems are extremely rare. The finest example is a single PCGS MS66 from the Eugene Gardner Collection, a coin which set a record price for the date of $49,937.50.

As might be expected, Dime researcher Gerry Fortin could identify only one die pair for this date.