Owner's Comments

Mintage: 2,533,427
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

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

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.

PCGS #
4694
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
2.50 grams
Mintage
2532497
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
27
Pop Lower
376
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 3000 R-4.4 54 / 67 TIE 108 / 122 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 54 / 67 TIE 108 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 55 / 67 104 / 122
65 or Better 3000
All Grades 500
60 or Better 100
65 or Better R-4.4
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better 54 / 67 TIE
All Grades 54 / 67 TIE
60 or Better 55 / 67
65 or Better 108 / 122 TIE
All Grades 108 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 104 / 122

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #4694 (MS) 67+

Heritage 8/2015:3674, $8,812.50 - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #4694 (MS)     67
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #4694 (MS) 67+ 
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3674, $8,812.50 - Tom Bender Collection

PCGS #4694 (MS)     67 #2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade