Owner's Comments

Mintage: 10,420,000
Obverse Dies: 17 Known With Type I Reverse and 3 Known With Type II Reverse

Starting in 1876, two different reverse hub styles appeared. The two different hub reverse styles were entitled Type I and Type II by Kam Ahwash. The different reverse hubs were used by all mints from 1876 through 1878, except for the 1877 coinage produced at the San Francisco mint. Only the Type II reverse hub has been found to date for 1877-S dimes.

1876 San Francisco coinage is common in all grades. The Type I reverse is very common, while the Type II reverse is considered to be very scarce.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Soft Rose Tone

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1876-S Dime set a new record for production by employees at the San Francisco Mint.  Not only is the mintage large by contemporary Dime standards, it exceeds the mintage of all the other 1876-S denominations -- in many cases, by extremely large margins.

1876-S Dimes come with either a Type I or a Type II reverse.  The Type I has split ribbon ends on both sides.  On the Type II, the ribbon on the left side of the wreath ends in a single point.  Overall, the Type I reverse is more common than the Type II reverse.  Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified 23 Type I die varieties and 5 Type II varieties.

Assuming that all die varieties have been discovered, each die pair produced an average of over 370,000 coins.  Thus, it is not unexpected that many 1876-S Dimes are struck from worn dies.  All things being equal, fully struck examples from early states of the dies should be worth a premium.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 36 / 67 TIE 76 / 122 TIE
All Grades 125 R-7.7 37 / 67 TIE 75 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 31 / 67 TIE 67 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:5773 - Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30275, $3,290

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2015:3479, $2,400.53 - Heritage 2/2016:3793, not sold

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3669, $2,056.25

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:3928, $3,378

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:4127, $3,818.75