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1837 10C No Stars, Large Date MS65 PCGS #4561

Mintage: 682,500 (Both date sizes)
Obverse Dies: 3 Known
Fortin Top 100 Seated Dime Varieties #1 - F-101c
The No Stars obverse shows the Christian Gobrecht rendering of the Thomas Sully design, while the reverse has a wreath with ONE DIME, thin long leaves with long stemmed closed berries and the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. All design elements except the date were hubbed into the master die, a technological breakthrough for the time period. First coinage of this group was 30 brilliant proofs struck on June 30, 1837 at the direction of Mint Director, Robert Patterson.

Plate Coin: Fortin-101c, Bold luster highlists finest known example of shattered obverse and clashed dies variety.

1838 10C Large Stars MS65 PCGS #4568

Mintage: 1,992,500
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

Working dies of 1838 through 1840 were created from the No Stars hub of 1837. Each working die had 13 individual stars hand punched resulting in variations in star placement and size. One obverse in 1838 features smaller stars from a punch intended for half dimes and is known as the Small Stars Obverse. The Stars Obverse type was struck at the Philadelphia during 1838 through 1840 and at the New Orleans mint during 1839 and 1840. For the 1838 Philadelphia date, eight different obverse dies have been identified. Many of the obverse dies are found today with important late die states where the die shows large die cracks that tranverse the obverse. The plate coin is the final die state of Obverse 2. This obverse has been paired with three different reverse dies namely, doubled reverse paired with Small Stars Obverse, vertically cracked reverse (Ahwash 3) and the present pairing. During its late die, Obverse 2 exhibits a die crack starting from the rim to the left of the date and progressing through the base and rock and finally ending at LI(B)ERTY. Dealers often refer to this obverse die state as the "unlisted" cracked obverse due to other more significantly cracked obverse dies for this date. The only reverse diagnostic is die roughness between the letters ME in DIME.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Even Light Green and Gold Tone, Late Die State But Well Struck

1839 10C No Drapery MS65 PCGS #4571

Mintage: 1,053,115
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

The plate coin is the earliest die state seen for Obverse 1. The 3 and 9 digits in the date show repunching. The 3 digit shows repunching below the lower loop while the 9 digit shows repunching within the upper and lower loops. Stars 5 and 6 are repunched while Star 11 shows repunching outside its star point facing Liberty. Obverse 1 is paired with Reverse A, which shows considerable wear around UNITED and AMERICA. There is a faint die crack from the wreath to AME(R)ICA. Evidence of die erosion can also be seen behind O(NE). Reverse A is rotated left 18 degrees.

Plate Coin: Fortin-101, Repunched 39 Digits, Fully Struck Gem with Original Blue, Gold and Rose Toning Throughout

1840 10C No Drapery MS65 PCGS #4573

Mintage: 981,500
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

Eight different obverse dies are known for 1840 No Drapery coinage, including the Chin Whisker variety. Specialist know that Obverse 7 is atypical from other 1840 No Drapery dies due to weaker device and date details. Was Obverse 7 lapped more aggressively than other working dies before employed for coinage production? Reverse G also shows considerable weakness within the devices and could support the explanation of lapping prior to usage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 107, Obverse 7, Previously NGC MS66, Superior Luster with Peripheral Ranges of Rose/Blue Toning, the Reverse Being More Accentuated

1841 10C MS65 PCGS #4579

Mintage: 1,622,500
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

A total of eight different obverse dies have been identified for 1841 Philadelphia coinage.

The plate coin is an Obverse 3, repunched 184 example which is paired with a second reverse die that is rotated 18 degrees right. Reverse D is perfect during this early die state. I have found rust free reverse die examples to be difficult to locate. Most later die state examples exhibit progressive levels of damage as Reverse D is rusting. The ME in DIME and the UN in UNITED are the prime areas of inspection for determining the level of damage to Reverse D.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Repunched 184, Wonderful Rose, Green, Blue and Golden Toning

1842-O 10C MS64 PCGS #4582

Mintage: 2,020,000
Obverse Dies: 4 Known

Four obverse dies and potentially five reverse dies have been identified for 1842 New Orleans coinage. The key diagnostic point for Obverse 4 is the die gouge to the left of Liberty's index finger. Tim Cook pointed out the possibility of using this die gouge as an attribution point around 1998. The date placement on Obverse 4 is very similar to Obverse 3, so the die gouge marker is very useful and recommended given the additional die states of this obverse die. Obverse 4 also exhibits a large die blob defect in the right field between Liberty's knee and Star 12. Reverse E features a Medium O mintmark that is positioned right and high. Faint die cracks are just beginning to emerge on the plate coin. I have seen another earlier die state example with no reverse cracks. Both the obverse and reverse are well struck during this die state, unfortunately this does not last long as the dies are polished and subsequently degrade.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Medium O, Even Silver Gray Obverse With Light Rose Reverse Toning, Second Finest Graded at PCGS, Well Struck for 1842 O Mint

1843 10C MS64 PCGS #4583

Mintage: 1,370,000
Obverse Dies: 4 Known

Obverse 3, one of four obverse dies identified to date, exhibits a die crack through base of date digits in later die states. I believe the 1843 obverse die used to strike proof coinage was reused to strike the F-104 die pairing

Plate Coin: F-104, A new gem that is fully brilliant with lively satin-white luster shimmering across both sides.

1844 10C AU58 PCGS #4585

Mintage: 72,500
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

A historically scarce date but rare during the past 15 years is a result of excessive hoarding. The recent dispersion of the CA hoard has increased availability in grades up through EF45. 1844 dimes are scarce in grades of AU or better with few Mint State examples known. This date, nicknamed the "Little Orphan Annie" dime, has been a favorite target of hoarders throughout its existence.

A single die pair was employed for business strikes while a second die pair was used for proof coinage. On the business strike obverse, die lines are seen on both the lower left and right sides of the reverse. The most significant are located between the rim and UNITED on the left side of the reverse die with additional die lines between rim and the letters ERIC in AMERICA.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Even light gray toning over original and problem free surfaces; residual luster is evident throughout. Though graded AU58, this dime is in the condition census for the date.

1845 10C MS64 PCGS #4586

Mintage: 1,755,000
Obverse Dies: 6 Known

Six obverse dies and eight reverse dies are known for the 1845 date. Obverse 5, the 1845/1845 repunched date obverse die, is paired with a second reverse die. During the initial pairing, the dies appear to clash based on the diagnostics from the plate coin. Obverse die clash marks are visible to the left of Liberty's left hand and immediately right of Liberty's right elbow. On the reverse, die clashing is easily seen behind the letters ME in DIME.

Plate Coin: Fortin 108, Repunched 1845/1845, Bold Strike, Light Gold Toning Over Problem Free Surfaces

1846 10C AU58 PCGS #4588

Mintage: 31,300
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Only one obverse die (Obverse 1) was used for business strikes while a second obverse is seen on proof coinage. On business strikes, the 6 digit in the date has a defect between the upper loop's ball and the upper section of the lower loop. The space between the crossbar of the 4 digit and the bottom feet is partially filled. Liberty's fingers, on the right hand grasping the pole, are poorly defined. The die area between the toe and adjacent denticle appears to be defective. Die chips are found around all stars with Stars 3, 4, 5, 6 and 13 exhibiting the boldest die chips. The date on business strikes is level while on proofs (Obverse 2), the date slopes downward. Ahwash indicates that Reverse A has repunching in the legend with die cracks from the rim to the tops of (A)ME(R)I(CA). A close inspection of the plate coin revealed the presence of die lines from the tops of (A)ME(R)ICA to the rim.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Condition Census Example, Proof Like Surfaces and Well Struck, A Choice Example of the Elusive 1846 Date In High Grade

1847 10C MS63 PCGS #4589

Mintage: 245,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

High grade 1847 examples are typically well struck with nearly full heads. The three 1847 varieties are popular due to their inclusion in the Ahwash encyclopedia.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Ahwash 2, All Digits Touch Base, Light Gray and Brown Obverse Toning, Increased Rose Toning On Reverse, Very Well Struck

1848 10C MS64 PCGS #4590

Mintage: 839,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

Two obverse and reverse business strike die pairs are known for 1848 Philadelphia coinage along with a separate die pair for proof coinage. The plate coin is business strike Obverse 2 with a very high level date.

Plate Coin: Fortin-101, Bright And Satiny Textured Surfaces, Reverse Showing Diagnostic Die Cracks for Leftover Reverse of 1847

1849 10C MS64 PCGS #4591

Mintage: 839,000
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

Four obverse and reverse dies have been identified for 1849 business strike coinage while a separate obverse die is known for proof coinage.

In Mint State, this date is very scarce and will prove to be difficult to locate.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Ahwash 4, A Well Struck White Coin With Lustrous Surfaces

1850 10C MS64 PCGS #4593

Mintage: 1,931,500
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

For the 1850 Philapelphia date, eight obverse and nine reverse dies have been identified. Obverse 2, on the registry coin, is easy to attribute through its very high date and the 185 digits touching the base. Reverse C has heavy die flash around bow loops and knot.

Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Pittman Collection, Ahwash 3, Golden and Blue Toning Over Prooflike Surfaces, A Fine PQ Example

1851 10C MS64 PCGS #4595

Mintage: 1,026,500
Obverse Dies: 6 Known

A total of six obverse and seven reverse dies have been cataloged for 1851 Philadelphia coinage. This is a difficult date to research for varieties due to limited movement in the date placement. Most examples are well struck and do not show significant die cracks. Three different repunched obverse dies are known.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Repunched First 1 Digit, Outstanding Silver Gray with Iridescent Toning Accents on the Obverse and Reverse. Sharply Struck with Full Stars, Strong Head Details, and Bold Branches.

1852 10C MS64 PCGS #4597

Mintage: 1,535,500
Obverse Dies: 12 Known

1852 dimes are easier to locate than the tougher 1851 date. Twelve obverse and fourteen reverse dies have been cataloged at Fortin''''s variety web-book at www.seateddimevarieties.com.

Plate Coin: Fortin 116, Repunched 52 Obverse Paired With Unlisted Reverse Die, Still Under Study, Incredible Toning and Strike For MS64 Graded Seated Dime

1853 10C No Arrows MS66 PCGS #4599

Mintage: 95,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

1853 No Arrows dimes are scarce in circulated grades but much more available in Mint State grades than their low mintage would suggest. Two obverse dies and a single reverse die are currently known. Ahwash indicates that 55,000 pieces were delivered on February 17 while the remaining 40,000 pieces when issued on February 19, 1853 before conversion to the lower silver weight planchets.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Ahwash 1, Even Light Bronze Tone on Both Obverse and Reverse, Strike Consistent With Grade

1854 10C Arrows MS65 PCGS #4605

Mintage: 4,470,000
Obverse Dies: 11 Known

Both the date and arrows were placed on the master hub for 1854 dimes resulting in a consistent positioning of these devices on the obverse die. Variations in date hubbing strength on the working dies produced strong and weak date transfers.

Plate Coin: Lightly Gold Toned Gem Example

1855 10C Arrows MS64 PCGS #4607

Mintage: 2,075,000
Obverse Dies; 8 Known

Both the date and arrows were placed on the master hub for 1855 dimes resulting in a consistent positioning of these devices on the obverse die. Variations in date hubbing strength on the working dies produced strong and weak date transfers. The working die preparation process produced at least three 1855 obverse dies with doubling in the date or shield. 1855 dimes are much more difficult to find sharply struck than their 1853 or 1854 With Arrows counterparts.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Obverse Die Used For Proof Strikes, Satiny Luster on Both the Obverse and Reverse of This Near-Gem. The Strike is Sharp and the Surfaces are Problem Free. Lightly Patinated in Golden-Gray Hues

1856 10C Small Date MS64 PCGS #4609

Mintage: 5,780,000 (Including Large Dates)
Small Date Obverse Dies: 22 Known

During 1856, both Large Date and Small Date dimes were struck. Large Date dimes are rare in Mint State and the recent upward adjustment in Coin World Values pricing is more reflective of their scarcity. Small Date examples are much more common than Large Dates in both circulated and Mint State grades.

Four 1856 Large Date obverse dies and twenty two Small Date obverse dies have been identified to date.

Plate Coin: Small Date, Fortin 103, High Level Date, Evenly Toned Medium Gray and Strictly Original

1857 10C MS65 PCGS #4614

Mintage: 5,580,000
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.

1858 10C MS63 PCGS #4616

Mintage: 1,540,000
Obverse Dies: 10 Known

Variety collectors will be limited to date position variations for 1858 dimes. Most dates slope downward, making the task of obverse die attribution difficult. 1858 dimes with die cracks are scarce since the limited mintage of 1,540,000 pieces appears to have been evenly produced across the nine business strike obverse dies.

Plate Coin: Fortin 110, An Incredible Dime With Superior Eye Appeal Beyond Its MS63 Assigned Grade

1859-O 10C MS63 PCGS #4620

Mintage: 480,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

A fairly common date in the With Stars series, however 1859 New Orleans dimes become very scarce in EF or better. The Medium and Large O mintmarks are equally available with a slight edge to the Medium O in difficulty. This date is available in Mint State with some searching.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Large O, Light Gold Toning, Well Struck

1860 10C MS66 PCGS #4631

Mintage: 607,000
Obverse Dies: 10 Known

For 1860 Philadelphia coinage, the obverse stars of the Hughes design were replaced by the statutory legend of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA by Longacre. The initial Type I obverse exhibited 5 vertical lines above LIBERTY in shield. All Type I obverse With-Legend Seated dimes come with a very "delicate" relief that wears down quickly. Very few examples are seen with poor strikes or die cracks. The mintage to die ratio is low (67,444 per die), which could explain the quality of surviving examples.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Fully Struck Gem with Bold Luster, CAC

1861 10C MS65 PCGS #4633

Mintage: 1,884,000 (Both obverse types)
Obverse Dies Type I: 7 Known
Obverse Dies Type II: 11 Known

In 1861, Longacre changed the obverse hub to improve striking quality. During that year, obverse dies were produced from both the Type I and Type II obverse hubs. The old hub (Type I) of 1861 has 5 vertical lines in the upper part of the shield above the banner. Liberty's index finger also fell on the outside of the left shield edge. On the new hub (Type II) of 1861, there are 6 vertical lines above the banner. Liberty's
index finger points straight down along the left edge of the shield. The letters on the Type I hub are thinner than the letters on the Type II hub.

Die variety research has revealed that the mint used eleven Type II obverse dies vs. six Type I obverse dies or about a 2:1 ratio. This observation supports the fact that Type II 1861 dimes are easier to locate than their Type I counterparts.

Plate Coin: Fortin 106, Type II Obverse, Wonderfully original and richly toned, both sides are veiled in a blend of copper-rose, cobalt-blue and olive-gold colors that are a bit more vivid on the reverse. Highly lustrous with a well-frosted texture

1862 10C MS66 PCGS #4635

Mintage: 847,550
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

Nearly all 1862 dimes come well struck. Many examples are found with prooflike surfaces. To date, eight different obverse dies have been identified for Philadelphia coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102a, Business Strike From Proof Dies, Strictly Original As Expected With MS66 Grade, Medium Gray/Rose/Lavender Toning Over Soft Luster

1863-S 10C MS64 PCGS #4638

Mintage: 157,500
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

Strike weakness is common for 1863 San Francisco coinage. Examples are often seen with a flat head and weakness in the letters (OF AME)RICA. Reverse weakness will be found on the bow knot and lower wreath. Only one die pair is known.

Scarce in all circulated grades and becomes difficult in problem free EF-AU. Another San Francisco mint date that is rare in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, A Silky, Satiny Specimen With Intense Cartwheel Luster. Faint Sky Blue, Gold and Rose Toning, Well Struck Throughout. Formerly in the Frog Run, Lovejoy and Reed Hawn Collections

1864 10C MS65 PCGS #4639

Mintage: 11,470
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

1864 Philadelphia dimes are found well struck and will exhibit surfaces that are typically prooflike or semi prooflike.

Two obverse and reverse dies are known for the 1864 date. Ahwash believed that both busines and proofs were struck from each set of dies. However I have only been able to locate business strikes from one of the die pairs.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102a, Gem Example of Ahwash 2, Fully Struck With Surfaces That Are Exceptionally Clean. Satin-Like Mint Luster and Lightly Die Clashed as Many of This Variety Are.

1865 10C MS67 PCGS #4641

Mintage: 10,500
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two sets of dies were used to strike 1865 Philadelphia coinage. This date comes well struck when it can be located. Business strikes are currently in strong demand and are difficult to locate.

The two 1865 die pairs will be found in progressive die states and have produced interesting varieties. The first pair (Obverse 1/Reverse A) was thought to have been used for both proof and business strike coinage by Ahwash, however I have only seen business strikes from these dies. The die pair becomes heavily clashed during its end of life for business strikes. The second die pair (Obverse 2/Reverse B) was though to have also produced both proofs and business strikes by Ahwash. However, I have only seen proofs from this die pair, with a spectacular 180 degree rotated reverse variety being known for the die pair.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Repunched Date, Condition Census, Wonderful Luster and Cameo Effect

1866-S 10C MS65 PCGS #4644

Mintage: 135,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two obverse and reverse dies used in 1866 by the San Francisco mint to produce three die pairing varieties.

The two reverse dies can be easily distinguished by the appearance of the mintmark. There is a weak mintmark reverse (Small Weak S) and a bold mintmark reverse (Small Thin S). Most 1866 San Francisco dimes will come from the reverse with a weak mintmark as Varieties 101 and 103 are more common than 102.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Downward Sloping Date, Weak Mintmark, Light Mottled Rose and Gold Toning Throughout, Finest Certified By PCGS

1867 10C MS64 PCGS #4645

Mintage: 6,625
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

Three sets of dies were employed for 1867 Philadelphia coinage. Only one die pairing is known for business strikes (Variety 102). Business strikes are rare in all circulated grades. Mint State examples are considered to be very scarce and can be located with patience.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Ahwash 2, Light Brownish Gold Toning, Well Struck, Clashed Dies

1868 10C MS65 PCGS #4647

Mintage: 464,600
Obverse Dies: 12 Known

The 1868 Philadelphia date has been full of surprises. The twelve known obverse dies are extremely high given a moderate mintage of 464,600 pieces. It could be speculated that the Philadelphia mint planned to significantly increase Seated dime production in 1868 after the low mintage years of 1863 through 1867. Many die pairs were produced but saw limited usage as evidenced by the striking quality of 1868 dimes and the complete lack of late die state or cracked dies.

Plate Coin: Fortin 112, Wonderful Gem Example, Hints of Obverse Toning, Reverse Untoned

1869-S 10C MS65 PCGS #4650

Mintage: 450,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two sets of dies were used for 1869 San Francisco coinage. The reverse dies can be identified by a Small Thin S and and a Small Weak S mintmark. The Small Thin S is much more common than the Small Weak S.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Bold Strike and Luster With Faint Traces Of Gold Patina, Weak S Mintmark, Reverse of 1870-S and 1871-S

1870-S 10C MS65 PCGS #4652

Mintage: 50,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

The 1870 San Francisco date is very scarce in all grades and becomes rare in EF or better. In Mint State, the release of a small hoard allows some availability, though the date is still considered rare.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Well Struck, Bold Luster with Light Golden Toning

1871 10C MS65 PCGS #4653

Mintage: 907,710
Obverse Dies: 13 Known

To date, thirteen obverse dies have been documented for 1871 Philadelphia coinage. A relatively common date in lower grades that becomes scarce in EF or better. This date is very scarce in Mint State and has proven to be elusive during the past few years.

Plate Coin: Fortin 109, Well Struck, White and Lustrous

1872 10C MS65 PCGS #4656

Mintage: 2,396,450
Obverse Dies: 14 Known

Fourteen obverse dies have been identified for 1872 Philadelphia coinage. Many come with repunched dates. A major double die reverse (175 Degree rotation) was first discovered in 1999 and announced to the collecting community in 2003.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Triple Punched 2 Digit, White and Lustrous Obverse, Radial Bronze Toning on Reverse

1873 10C No Arrows, Closed 3 MS64 PCGS #4659

Mintage: 1,508,000 (Closed 3) and 60,000 (Open 3)
Obverse Dies: 8 Known (Closed 3) and 3 Known (Open 3)

1873 Philadelphia dimes without arrows are found with an Open 3 and Closed 3 digit. For years the Open 3 variety has been afforded a premium over the Closed 3 variety due to the low reported Open 3 mintage. In circulated grades, I would question if the premium is warranted and secondly, question if the reported Open 3 mintage of 60,000 was properly recorded or estimated. In Mint State, Open 3 dimes are much rarer than their Closed 3 counterparts.

Plate Coin: Closed 3, Fortin 105, Very Sharp Strike

1874-S 10C Arrows MS66 PCGS #4670

Mintage: 240,000
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

Two sets of obverse and reverse dies were employed for 1874 San Francisco coinage. The reverse dies are identified as Small Thin S and Micro S due to the mintmark shape and sizes.

The strike quality of the 1874 San Francisco dimes is much poorer than Philadelphia examples. Both the Small Thin S and Micro S varieties (when it can be located) are often seen with uneven strikes and weakness in Liberty's head. Strike weakness can be acute on Small Thin S reverses.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Micro S, A Gem Example with Even Bronze Toning Highlighting a Full Struck Throughout, CAC Certified

1875 10C MS66 PCGS #4672

Mintage: 10,350,700
Obverse Dies: 21 Known

1875 Philadelphia dimes are common in all grades including Mint State. It is expected that additional date position varieties will continue to surface as I have not made a priority of researching 1875 die varieties.

Plate Coin: F-124, Well struck gem example with golden obverse and reverse centers that transition to peripheral rose, blues and green tones.

1876 10C MS66 PCGS #4679

Mintage: 11,461,150
Obverse Dies: 16 Known With Type I Reverse and 5 Known With Type II Reverse

Starting in 1876, two different reverse hub styles appeared and were entitled Type I and Type II by Kam Ahwash. The different reverse hubs were used by all mints from 1876 through 1878, except for the 1877 coinage produced at the San Francisco mint.

1876 Philadelphia coinage is common in all grades. The Type I reverse is very common while the Type II reverse is considered
scarce.

Plate Coin: Fortin 116, Type I Reverse, White Luster With Hints Of Gold At The Rims, Significant Obverse Die Scratch On Liberty, Doubled Die Reverse and Clashed Dies

1877 10C MS65 PCGS #4682

Mintage: 7,310,510
Obverse Dies: 7 Known With Type I Reverse and 13 Known With Type II Reverse

1877 Philadelphia dimes are common in all grades except Mint State. The Type I Reverse is more difficult to locate than the Type II Reverse, however examples of the Type I reverse can be located with some searching.

Plate Coin: Fortin 106, Type I Reverse. A Gem Example With Satiny Luster and Faint Brown Toning on the Obverse and Reverse. Sharply Struck.

1878 10C MS64 PCGS #4685

Mintage: 1,678,000
Obverse Dies: 4 Known With Type I Reverse and 10 Known With Type II Reverse

1878 Philadelphia dimes are considered a tougher "common" date to locate. The Type I reverse variety is very scarce in all grades including a R6 designation in Mint State. Examples of 1878 dimes with a Type I reverse should command a premium. In general, nice higher grade 1878 dimes are currently underrated when valued at common date pricing.
Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Type I Reverse, Well Struck Even Light Gold Toning Throughout

1879 10C MS66 PCGS #4687

Mintage: 15,100
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

Despite its low mintage, 1879 Philadelphia dimes are readily available in Mint State and scarce in circulated grades. Surprisingly, five obverse dies were used to strike a very limited amount of coinage. One of the five obverse dies was discovered in 2005.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Die Pair Variety Identified In 2005, A Mauve-Golden Specimen that Offers Satin Reflection and Bold Definition of Design Elements, Ex. Lemus Collection

1880 10C MS65 PCGS #4688

Mintage: 37,355
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

1880 Philadelphia dimes are scarce in all grades, but are more available than the 1879 and 1881 dates. Mint State examples can located without difficulty.

Three obverse dies are paired with two reverse dies to produce business strike and proof coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Low Date, Pearl White Gem Coin

1881 10C MS66 PCGS #4689

Mintage: 24,975
Obverse Dies: 2 Known

1881 Philadelphia dimes are more difficult to locate than the 1879 and 1880 dates in all grades. In Mint State, I've found the 1881 date to be very challenging to find. PCGS and NGC population reports confirm this observation.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Pure White Gem

1882 10C MS66 PCGS #4690

Mintage: 3,911,100
Obverse Dies: 10 Known

1882 Philadelphia dimes are often seen with flat heads and weak reverse denominations. The strike weakness may be a function of the hubbing quality of the working dies employed for this date''s coinage. Additional research is required for the 1882 date to identify all of the obverse dies employed by the Philadelphia mint.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Misplaced Digit In Base, Repunched 2, Frosty Example With Rose-Violet, Amber and Sea-Green Toning On The Obverse and More Intense Russet On The Left Reverse Border, Simply A Gem Example.

1883 10C MS66 PCGS #4691

Mintage: 7,615,712
Obverse Dies: 20 Known

1883 Philadelphia dimes are common in all grades. With a mintage in excess of 7.6 million, the task of identifying the obverse dies is considerable and will take additional time.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Broken 3, Lustrous and Satiny Surfaces, Well Struck

1884 10C MS66 PCGS #4692

Mintage: 3,366,380
Obverse Dies: 11 Known

1884 San Francisco dimes are common date in all grades, finding well struck examples in higher grades could be challenging. Most reverse dies are seen with die cracks. Weakness in the reverse denomination is common. Another common Seated Dime date that needs incremental study to complete the task of identifying the obverse dies.

Plate Coin: Simply a Gem! Incredible Original Patina With Lavendar, Rose, Blue Toning On Obverse and Light Sunset Gold and Blues on Reverse, a Remarkable Dime That Should be in a MS67 Holder

1885 10C MS66 PCGS #4694

Mintage: 2,533,427
Obverse Dies: 11 Known

1885 Philadelphia dimes are considered a common date in all grades, but finding well struck examples in higher grades may be challenging. Possibly one of the tougher common dates in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 111, Green Holder, Well Struck Example with Light Gold Toning Throughout

1886 10C MS66 PCGS #4696

Mintage: 6,377,570
Obverse Dies: 18 Known

The 1886 Philadelphia date offers a significant number of repunched date varieties. None of the repunched varieties are considered rare. Once again, this is a common date that needs further research given its sizable mintage.

Plate Coin: Fortin-119, Minor misplaced 8 digit in gown, 100% toned and wholly original with a superb strike, nice frost and excellent eye-appeal. Both obverse and reverse are toned in shades of green, plum and pale blue-green and are exceptionally clean.

1887 10C MS66 PCGS #4698

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.

1888 10C MS66 PCGS #4700

Mintage: 5,496,487
Obverse Dies: 19 Known

The 1888 Philadelphia coinage presents a host of varieties for the Seated Dime specialist. Three proof dies have been identified along with four significant misplaced dates. In addition, two repunched date varieties and a polished reverse die with multiple die pairings are available.
Plate Coin: Fortin 116, Consistant Vibrant Luster Beneath Bold Blue-green, Peach, and Lemon-gold Patina on both Obverse and Reverse. A Simply Amazing Seated Dime...

1889 10C MS66 PCGS #4702

Mintage: 7,380,711
Obverse Dies: 21 Known

Reverse die doubling was undoubtedly not a primary concern by mint workers during the hubbing of the 1889 reverse dies. As a result, at least five reverse dies have been identified with Class 1 rotated hub doubling.

Additional research remains for this date as many obverse and reverse dies are still not catalogued.

Plate Coin: Peripheral Sea-Green and Deep Reddish-Gold Toning On Obverse, Reverse Toned a Turquoise-Blue With Gold and Crimson

1890 10C MS66 PCGS #4704

Mintage; 9,911,541
Obverse Dies: 21 Known

A common date in all grades including Mint State. Much incremental research is required to determine the full extent of repunched dates and misplaced date varieties.

Plate Coin: Fortin 121, Lustrous Silver Centers Turning to Golden Rose and then Aquamarine Bullseye Toning

1891 10C MS66 PCGS #4706

Mintage: 15,310,600
Obverse Dies: 29 Known

A common date in all grades including Mint State.

The Double Die Obverse and the MPD Obverse have become popular varieties for 1891 dated dimes. Since the reverse dies appear to consistently cracked on the left side of the wreath, examples with retained die cuds between 9:00 and 12:00 can be found with patient searching.

Plate Coin: Fortin 129, Lustrous Obverse, Rose Toned Reverse