1867-S 10C MS64 Certification #30032526, PCGS #4646
Obverse Dies: 2 Known
Two obverse dies and one reverse die are known for 1867 San Francisco coinage. All 1867 San Francisco dime come with a strong mintmark, even in the lower circulated grades. Variety 101 is typically found with weakness at Liberty's head and on the bow knot. Well struck examples of Variety 102 can be located.
Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Ahwash 2, Fully Struck With Wonderful Subtle Luster and Light Gold Toning, A Strictly Original Example
The mintage of the 1867-S Dime is slightly larger than that of the 1866-S, and their prices track almost identically up to EF, but beyond that the 1866-S becomes the more valuable of the two. This is surprising because the number of Mint State examples of each is almost the same, and they both top out at the same grade -- MS65.
The entire mintage of the 1867-S Dime came from two different die pairs, according to Liberty Seated Dime expert, Gerry Fortin. Both varieties appear to be of similar rarity, thus the die life appears to be approximately 70,000 coins for eacg oibverse -- not a bad output. Both varieties share the same reverse, making it the real workhorse with an output of 140,000 coins.