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.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
24000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
7
Pop Lower
119
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 120 R-7.8 36 / 67 74 / 122
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 31 / 67 TIE 67 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:3450, $3,290 - Valley Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:239, $2,350

5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2007:544, $4,312.50 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:147, $2,530