Owner's Comments

Mintage: 4,454,450
Obverse Dies: 16 Known

A common date in all grades including Mint State.

For 1887 San Francisco dimes, attributing obverse dies can be a difficult task for several reasons. First there are only minor differences in the date position due to the size of the digits in the date. For reverse dies, both the position and tilt of the Medium S mintmark plays an important role in reverse die identification.

Plate Coin: Fortin 114, Doubled UNITED on Obverse, Lustrous with Peripheral Gold Toning

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

With its hefty mintage of almost 4.5 million coins, the 1887-S is one of the more common dates in the series.  Like many of the dates from the 1880s, this is considered a generic, type coin, and it will not command a premium for the date.  In high grades, the 1887-S is a little tougher to find.  Anything above MS65 is considered rare.

The quality of the strike on 1887-S Dimes is generally good to above-average.  Occasionally, the mintmark is filled, creating the appearance of a blob mintmark on lower-grade examples.

17.90 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1500 R-4.8 44 / 67 TIE 93 / 122 TIE
All Grades 280 R-6.5 49 / 67 99 / 122
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 45 / 67 TIE 88 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade