Owner's Comments

Mintage: 11,283,939
Obverse Dies: 14 Known

This date is very common and currently plentiful in MS63 through MS65 grades due to a recent hoard. However, it becomes more difficult in MS66 and rare In MS67 grades.

The task of researching and cataloguing the obverse dies is overwelming for the 1887 date due to the very high mintage. At least 60 obverse dies are possible.

Plate Coin: Light to Moderator Rose and Gold Toning On Both Obverse And Reverse.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1887 Dime has the fourht largest mintage of the entire Seated Liberty Dime series, exceeded only by the 1853 With Arrows, 1876, and the 1891.  As such, it is an excellent candidate for a type coin because it is plentiful, affordable, and it comes in hgih grade.  The best examples appear to be a pair of NGC MS68*'s.

Dime Researcher, Gerry Fortin, has identified seventeen different die varieties for this year, including two Proof-only die pairs.  It is highly likely that new varieties will be discovered in the future because of the massive mintage of 1887 Dimes.

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

65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 59 / 67 TIE 113 / 122 TIE
All Grades 800 R-5.4 63 / 67 TIE 117 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 130 R-7.7 57 / 67 TIE 106 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 9/2016:3805, $2,232.50

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2010:549, $9,200 - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 11/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98257, $2,820 - Heritage 2/2016:3795, $2,585

2 MS67 PCGS grade