Owner's Comments

Mintage: 70,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

1856-S dimes are very challenging to locate in general and become rare above VF and extremely rare in Mint State. A single set of obverse and reverse dies were used for 1856 San Francisco coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Graded MS62 In Old PCGS Green Label Holder, Sharply Struck, Lustrous and Brilliant Surfaces With Gentle Splashes Of Warm Rose And Pale Iridescence, Formerly in Frog Run Collection

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1856-S Dime is a true prize in the Seated Liberty Dime series.  It is the first year in which the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes.  The 1856-S Dime has a low mintage of only 70,000 pieces.  It is decidedly rare in Mint State.  Even low grade examples are scarcer and desirable.  

The late Gene Gardner, one of the foremost collectors of Seated Liberty coinage, rated this date High R7 in Mint State.  A small number of MS63 and MS64 examples exist, but the best is a single PCGS MS65 sold way back in 2003 for $43,700.

On this date, the central details are usually well-defined, but the denticles can often be soft or downright weak.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
70000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
7
Pop Lower
95
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
All Grades 15 R-9.3 10 / 34 TIE 18 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 2/2003:1355, $43,700

2 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3651 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98258, $19,975

2 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63+ PCGS grade