Owner's Comments

Mintage: 1,678,000
Obverse Dies: 4 Known With Type I Reverse and 10 Known With Type II Reverse

1878 Philadelphia dimes are considered a tougher "common" date to locate. The Type I reverse variety is very scarce in all grades including a R6 designation in Mint State. Examples of 1878 dimes with a Type I reverse should command a premium. In general, nice higher grade 1878 dimes are currently underrated when valued at common date pricing.
Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Type I Reverse, Well Struck Even Light Gold Toning Throughout

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1878 Dime would appear, at first impression, to be a common coin, but in terms of the number of certified survivors, it is actually less common than the 1880 (with its mintage of only 36,000 pieces). On the other hand, the 1878 Dime has a population comparable to that of the 1877, which has a much higher mintage of 7.31 million.

Most certified 1878 Dimes grade MS-64, followed by MS-63.  The finest PCGS-certified examples (based on the November 2011 PCGS Population Report) is a single, amazing MS-68.

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

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 36 / 67 TIE 76 / 122 TIE
All Grades 150 R-7.5 40 / 67 TIE 80 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 17 R-9.2 36 / 67 72 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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