1875-S 10C Mintmark Below MS65 Certification #04012753, PCGS #4676

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 9,070,000 (both In and Below Wreath Varieties)
Obverse Dies: 2 In Wreath and 13 Below Wreath Known

1875 San Francisco dimes will be found with the S mintmark "In the Wreath" and "Below the Wreath". A common date and variety in all grades. The Below Wreath variety is very common and more available than the In Wreath variety. Some Below Wreath dimes will be found with a Micro S mintmark. Additional variety research is necessary for 1875-S Below Wreath dimes.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Micro S Variety, White and Lustrous, One of the Finest Micro S Examples Graded

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1875, the Philadelphia Mint experimented with two different mintmark placements for the branch mints at San Francisco and Carson City.  One version has the mintmark placed normally, below the wreath.  On the "odd" version, the mintmark is placed within the wreath in the field below the word DIME.  The reason for the experiment is unknown, and may just be a misplacement of the mintmark by an employee unfamiliar with the history of the series. 

According to the PCGS Population Report, the Mintmark Below type is approximately four times as common as the Mintmark Above type.

Some examples of the 1875-S Dime (Mintmark Below) were struck from worn dies.  Therefore, date and type collectors should focus on finding well-struck examples.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified a whopping 22 different die varieties for this date.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
9070000
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
5
Pop Lower
201
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 2000 R-4.6 49 / 67 TIE 100 / 122 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 45 / 67 TIE 94 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 42 / 67 TIE 83 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3695, $3,105

1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:4090, $998.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade