Owner's Comments

Mintage: 200,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Each Known With Type I and Type II Reverses

1878 Carson City dimes are found with well struck obverses, including Liberty's head. There are four known reverse dies; one being a Type I, the balance are Type II reverse dies. The three different Type II reverse dies all exhibit weakness in the left wreath due to polishing. The polishing or lapping of these reverse dies is most evident on Variety 104, the shattered reverse die from 1877.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Polished Reverse Die, Type II Reverse, Lustrous and Well Struck

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1878, the Carson City Mint struck the last Dimes it would ever produce.  As a "going-away" present, the Mint dropped the mintage of the Dimes to a mere fraction of those of the preceding years, this making the 1878-CC the sixth smallest mintage out of nine dates (counting each of the two types of 1873).  Thus, the 1878-CC Dimes enjoys strong demand from collectors of products from this popular Mint.

In Mint State, the 1878-CC Dime is scarce and expensive but not inaccessible.  Grades above MS64 are truly rare, and the finest example is a remarkable PCGS MS68 (most likely the Eliasberg coin). 

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
200000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
16
Pop Lower
205
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 34 / 67 TIE 68 / 122 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 35 / 67 70 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 37 / 67 TIE 74 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:3499, $12,650 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4070, $13,512.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade

William Porter Collection - Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1188, $9,400