Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Of the four mintmarked 1908 Dimes, the 1908-S has the third largest mintage.  The PCGS Population Report confirms the third-place ranking, with a population between that of the 1908-O (the scarcest) and the 1908-D (the second scarcest).  In Mint State, the 1908-S is readily available across a spectrum of grades from MS62 to MS65.  MS66 examples become scarce, but not rare.  MS67's are really rare and PCGS has certified none higher.  One of the nicest examples is the PCGS MS67 that once resided in the Simpson Collection; this coin has white centers surrounded by gold and blue colors at the peripheries (see the illustration above).  

The strike quality of 1908-S Dimes is usually very good to strong.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
3220000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
235
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 12500 R-2.9 46 / 76 TIE 46 / 76 TIE
All Grades 300 R-6.4 24 / 76 TIE 24 / 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 12/2014:112, $9,693.75 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20043, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:194, $10,281.25

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Laxdive Collection

5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:3809, $2,115