Owner's Comments

Mintage: 43,690
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

1885 San Francisco dimes are rare in any grade, and become very rare in Mint State. This limited mintage was produced from a single die pair. Beware of potential 1885 Philadelphia dimes with an added S mintmark.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Deep Gray Blue Toning on Obverse, Lighter Golden Tone on Reverse

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

San Francisco Mint employees contributed to Dime production in 1885, but only to a limited extent.  The mintage of the 1885-S Dime was an anemic 43,690 coins.  Most of the 1885-S Dimes entered circulation and few were saved by collectors, thus creating the rarest Dime of the 1875 to 1891 period.  Even low-end circulated examples are highly prized.  In Mint State, barely a dozen examples are known.  Gems are extremely rare.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS66 from the Eugene Gardner Collection, a coin which set a record price for the date of $49,937.50.

As might be expected, Dime researcher Gerry Fortin could identify only one die pair for this date.

PCGS #
4695
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
2.50 grams
Mintage
43690
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
112
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 500 R-6.0 30 / 67 TIE 57 / 122 TIE
All Grades 15 R-9.3 7 / 67 18 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 17 / 67 TIE 36 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 500
All Grades 15
60 or Better 5
65 or Better R-6.0
All Grades R-9.3
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better 30 / 67 TIE
All Grades 7 / 67
60 or Better 17 / 67 TIE
65 or Better 57 / 122 TIE
All Grades 18 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 36 / 122 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1228 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30279, $49,937.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1228 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30279, $49,937.50

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade