1857 10C MS65 Certification #10890325, PCGS #4614
Obverse Dies: 16 Known
A common date in all grades, sixteen separate obverse dies being documented, though more obverse dies will be identified in the future.
Plate Coin: Fortin 116, A Well Struck and Lustrous Antebellum Gem that Exhibits Russet and Tan Patina at the Periphery.
Thanks to a large mintage, the 1857 Dime is a common coin in most grades. In fact, apart from the 1853 With Arrows Dime, the 1857 has the largest total population (per the PCGS Pop Report) of any Dime of the 1850's. Mint State examples are plentiful, and there are plenty of MS63's and MS64's to go around. Gems start to become scarce; in MS66 and better grades, the 1857 Dime is very hard to find. The highest level for this date is MS67.
Jerry Fortin has identified fifteen die varieties for this year.