Owner's Comments

Mintage: 24,975
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

1881 Philadelphia dimes are more difficult to locate than the 1879 and 1880 dates in all grades. In Mint State, I've found the 1881 date to be very challenging to find. PCGS and NGC population reports confirm this observation.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Pure White Gem

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1881 was another year in which Dime production dropped to an abysmally small amount -- a mere 24,000 coins -- all of which were produced at the Philadelphia Mint (and no other).  Though the mintage of the 1881 Dime is larger than that of the 1879, the 1881 is much more difficult to locate in most grades.  Mint State 1881 Dimes are rather scarce, and usually appear in MS63 and MS64.  Gems are particularly rare, and none are known above MS67+.

According to Dime researcher, Gerry Fortin, all of the 1881 Dimes were produced by a single die pair -- which had previously been used to strike Proofs.  Two additional die pairs were used to strike only Proof 1881 Dimes.

PCGS #
4689
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
2.50 grams
Mintage
24000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
7
Pop Lower
123
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 700 R-5.6 34 / 67 TIE 68 / 122 TIE
All Grades 120 R-7.8 36 / 67 74 / 122
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 31 / 67 TIE 67 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 700
All Grades 120
60 or Better 15
65 or Better R-5.6
All Grades R-7.8
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better 34 / 67 TIE
All Grades 36 / 67
60 or Better 31 / 67 TIE
65 or Better 68 / 122 TIE
All Grades 74 / 122
60 or Better 67 / 122 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2020:4150

2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:3451, $3,290 - Heritage 8/2013:3513, $4,994 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 estimated grade
MS68 PCGS grade #1 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2020:4150

MS67+ PCGS grade #2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2012:3451, $3,290 - Heritage 8/2013:3513, $4,994 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS67 estimated grade