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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1875-S 10C Mintmark Below (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
4676
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
9,070,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$4,600 • PCGS MS65 • 6-5-2000 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 49 / 67 TIE 100 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 45 / 67 TIE 94 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 42 / 67 TIE 83 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

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

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:4090, $998.75

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

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

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:4090, $998.75

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

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.