Owner's Comments

Mintage: 5,580,000
Obverse Dies: 16 Known

A common date in all grades, sixteen separate obverse dies being documented, though more obverse dies will be identified in the future.

Plate Coin: Fortin 116, A Well Struck and Lustrous Antebellum Gem that Exhibits Russet and Tan Patina at the Periphery.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Thanks to a large mintage, the 1857 Dime is a common coin in most grades. In fact, apart from the 1853 With Arrows Dime, the 1857 has the largest total population (per the PCGS Pop Report) of any Dime of the 1850's.  Mint State examples are plentiful, and there are plenty of MS63's and MS64's to go around.  Gems start to become scarce; in MS66 and better grades, the 1857 Dime is very hard to find.  The highest level for this date is MS67.

Jerry Fortin has identified fifteen die varieties for this year.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5580000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
11
Pop Lower
360
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 2000 R-4.6 34 / 34 100 / 122 TIE
All Grades 300 R-6.4 34 / 34 100 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 25 / 34 TIE 78 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 1/2014:3976, $5,875 - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2014:4691 (attributed as Fortin-104), $3,290 - Heritage 10/2015:4087 (attributed as Fortin-108), $2,079.75 - Heritage 1/2016:3736 (attributed as Fortin-108), $2,585

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:166, $3,995