Owner's Comments

This coin ranks in the top third by total mint state population, and is probably a bargain in terms of price. The obverse toning is quite distinctive, moving from east to west with charcoal-blue at the rims, to warm browns. Still plenty of underlying mint luster showing through. The reverse coloring is much more subtle, allowing the wreath details to pop. Total PCGS AU population is 25 with 9 in AU 55 and 11 graded higher in AU 58. The BCCS rating is R3.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1896 Dime is a very common coin that can be found in high grade with little difficulty.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census (Top Ten Finest) includes coins in MS66 at the low-end going all the way up to a single MS67 at the top end.  This date comes well-struck and fully lustrous.  A few prooflike example are known, and the premiums on such coins are so low that they are a "must-buy."  The most valuable versions of this date are those with great toning and eye appeal.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2000000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
163
Pop Lower
63
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 39 / 76 TIE 39 / 76 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 34 / 76 TIE 34 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 76 TIE 35 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:71, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20027, not sold

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3906, $4,817.50

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade