Owner's Comments

Mintage: 564,969
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

Three obverse and reverse dies were used to strike 1884 San Francisco dimes. This date is scarce across all circulated grades, becoming very scarce in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, New variety die pairing between Obverse 1 and Reverse C. Specimen exhibits even luster and traces of obverse toning.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1884 was the first time that employees at the San Francisco Mint produced Dimes since 1877.  They produced over 560,000 Dimes, which is not a small mintage, but because most of the coins went directly into circulation, it is hard to find this date in high grade.  A couple of dozen examples are available in MS63 and MS64, with far fewer examples available in Gem (or better) conditions.

Dime researcher Gerry Fortin has identified six different die varieties for this date.  All of these varieties are at least scarce and several are very rare.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
564969
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
6
Pop Lower
94
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 33 / 67 65 / 122 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 22 / 67 TIE 46 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 6 / 67 TIE 18 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 2/2002:5509 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98291, $14,100

2 MS67 estimated grade

F.K. Saab, sold privately on 10/24/1954 for $22.50 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:669 - Stellar Collection - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98256, $23,500

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5310, $6,756 - Heritage 10/2016:3077, $5,640

5 MS66 PCGS grade