1885 10C MS66 Certification #09113909, PCGS #4694
Obverse Dies: 11 Known
1885 Philadelphia dimes are considered a common date in all grades, but finding well struck examples in higher grades may be challenging. Possibly one of the tougher common dates in Mint State.
Plate Coin: Fortin 111, Green Holder, Well Struck Example with Light Gold Toning Throughout
The 1885 Dime is a relatively common coin that can be found with ease in most grades. Hundreds of Mint State examples are known, usually in MS64. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census consists entirely of MS67 examples, led by a PCGS MS67+ with spectacular toning. This date offers good value to both the date and the type collector. As with most Dimes of this era, the key is finding a fully-struck example with good eye appeal.
Seated Liberty Dime researcher, Gerry Fortin, has identified 11 different die pairs used to strike 1885 Dimes, one of which was also used to strike a small number of Proofs at the beginning of the year.