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.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
43690
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
111
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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