Owner's Comments

Mintage: 135,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two obverse and reverse dies used in 1866 by the San Francisco mint to produce three die pairing varieties.

The two reverse dies can be easily distinguished by the appearance of the mintmark. There is a weak mintmark reverse (Small Weak S) and a bold mintmark reverse (Small Thin S). Most 1866 San Francisco dimes will come from the reverse with a weak mintmark as Varieties 101 and 103 are more common than 102.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Downward Sloping Date, Weak Mintmark, Light Mottled Rose and Gold Toning Throughout, Finest Certified By PCGS

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1866-S Dime is a low-mintage date relative to other series, but the mintage is typical of S-Mint Dimes from the early to mid-1860s, and a very high mintage compared to the 1866-P (135,000 to 8,000, respectively).  Based on the mintages alone, price guides have always presented a higher value for the lower mintage 166-P.  However, the advent of Population Reports, after a 25+ year record of coin grading, show that the 1866-S is actually scarcer than the 1866-P in Mint State. In addition, the highest-graded 1866-S Dimes are two points less than the highest-graded 1866-P.  For the 1866-S Dime, the best examples available to collectors are a pair of MS-65s, one of which is illustrated above.

Some examples show a wavy, vertical crack that nearly bisects the obverse.

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17.90 millimeters
2.48 grams
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

65 or Better 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
All Grades 20 R-9.1 9 / 67 TIE 23 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 67 TIE 1 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 250
All Grades 20
60 or Better 1
65 or Better R-6.6
All Grades R-9.1
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better 4 / 67 TIE
All Grades 9 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 67 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 122 TIE
All Grades 23 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #4644 (MS) 65

Tom Bender Collection

1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 estimated grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
	PCGS #4644 (MS) 65 
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade