Owner's Comments

Mintage: 140,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

The last With Stars San Francisco date before the transition to the With Legend obverse and the Cereal Wreath reverse design. A difficult date in circulated grades becoming rare in Mint State. Two pairs of obverse and reverse dies were employed for 1860 San Francisco coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Well Struck, Pleasing Silver-Gray With Subtle Powder-Blue and Peach Accents, and Satiny Surfaces

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1860-S Dime is the last of the Stars Obverse Dimes.  The other two 1860-dated Dimes (1860 and 1860-O) both have the new "legend" obverse.  Considering some of the multi-million mintages that preceded it, the 1860-S comes in as a scarce date, with only 140,000 minted.  The 1860-S Dime compares favorably with the 1861-S in terms of mintage and value, though more of the former have been graded by PCGS than the latter.  In Mint State, the 1860-S Dime is quite scarce, appearing most frequently in MS62 and MS63.  Gems are very rare, with only three PCGS MS65s at the top of the condition ladder.  In general, this date is well struck, but because of its remote origins, often comes heavily bagmarked.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
140000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
4
Pop Lower
148
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 400 R-6.2 12 / 34 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 34 TIE 28 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3659, $40,250 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98235, $37,600 - Tom Bender Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1167, $5,500 - Sun Tzu Collection - Heritage 8/2017:3928, $28,200 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2018:272, $42,300 - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS65 estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 1/2005:358, $21,850 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2252, $14,950

4 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade