Owner's Comments

Mintage: 9,070,000 (both In and Below Wreath Varieties)
Obverse Dies: 2 In Wreath and 13 Below Wreath Known

1875 San Francisco dimes will be found with the S mintmark "In the Wreath" and "Below the Wreath". A common date and variety in all grades. The Below Wreath variety is very common and more available than the In Wreath variety. Some Below Wreath dimes will be found with a Micro S mintmark. Additional variety research is necessary for 1875-S Below Wreath dimes.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Micro S Variety, White and Lustrous, One of the Finest Micro S Examples Graded

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1875, the Philadelphia Mint experimented with two different mintmark placements for the branch mints at San Francisco and Carson City.  One version has the mintmark placed normally, below the wreath.  On the "odd" version, the mintmark is placed within the wreath in the field below the word DIME.  The reason for the experiment is unknown, and may just be a misplacement of the mintmark by an employee unfamiliar with the history of the series. 

According to the PCGS Population Report, the Mintmark Below type is approximately four times as common as the Mintmark Above type.

Some examples of the 1875-S Dime (Mintmark Below) were struck from worn dies.  Therefore, date and type collectors should focus on finding well-struck examples.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified a whopping 22 different die varieties for this date.

PCGS #
4676
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
2.50 grams
Mintage
9070000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
204
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 2000 R-4.6 49 / 67 TIE 100 / 122 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 45 / 67 TIE 94 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 42 / 67 TIE 83 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 2000
All Grades 250
60 or Better 30
65 or Better R-4.6
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better 49 / 67 TIE
All Grades 45 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 67 TIE
65 or Better 100 / 122 TIE
All Grades 94 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 83 / 122 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3695, $3,105

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:4090, $998.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3695, $3,105

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:4090, $998.75

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65 PCGS grade #4 MS65 PCGS grade