Owner's Comments

Mintage: 14,460
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

A difficult and rare date for business strike. Proof examples are more available than business strikes. A single pair of Philadelphia dies were used to strike both the proof and business strike coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin F-101a, Peripheral Toning in Mottled Cobalt-Blue Shades, Well Struck Obverse. Single Die Pair for Year.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1863 Dime had a mintage of only 14,000 coins, the smallest Dime mintage since 1804!  As a result, this date is extremely popular with collectors and it can be very difficult to locate a nice, problem-free example.  Fortunately, a small number of Mint State examples exist, including some nice Gems.  In fact, the PCGS coinFacts Condition Census begins at MS65, then tops out at MS66+.  NGC has certified two MS67 examples.

Gerry Fortin identified only one die pair for this year.  What's interesting is that the same dies were used to make both Proofs and circulation strikes.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 300 R-6.4 15 / 67 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
All Grades 55 R-8.4 27 / 67 TIE 54 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 23 / 67 TIE 53 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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

American Numismatic Rarities 3/2005:1608, $7,475

2 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 12/2003:618, $6,900 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98238, $5,170