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.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1300 R-4.8 44 / 67 TIE 93 / 122 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 45 / 67 TIE 94 / 122 TIE
60 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 MS66+ PCGS grade

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

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade