Owner's Comments

Mintage: 471,500
Obverse Dies: 7 Known

Seven obverse dies have been identified for 1870 Philadelphia coinage. This date is very scarce in Mint State but more available than the 1869 Philadelphia date.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Lustrous with Golden Hue

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1870 Dime is a common coin, though it is not nearly as plentiful as some of the other large-mintage dates of later years.  Nonetheless, it is an affordable date in most grades.  

The typical Mint State 1870 Dime is MS63, with MS64 a close second.  Gems are available -- for a price - but none are known in MS67.

Gerry Fortin, who specializes in Liberty Seated Dimes, has identified six different die pairs (actually seven, but one [F-102] appears to have been delisted).  One die pair is Proof-only, another was used to strike both Proofs and Mint State examples.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
470500
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
81
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 30 / 67 TIE 57 / 122 TIE
All Grades 80 R-8.2 30 / 67 TIE 60 / 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
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4305 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30265, $9,987.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:3982, $7,050

5 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade