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

1875-S 10C Mintmark Above (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
4677
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:
$10,350 • PCGS MS66 CAC • 9-22-2010 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 250 R-6.6 4 / 67 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 16 / 67 TIE 35 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 12 / 67 TIE 28 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3696, $10,350

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1209, $2,090

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

Jason Carter, sold privately in 6/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98251, $3,055 - Jason Feldman Collection

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3696, $10,350

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1209, $2,090

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

Jason Carter, sold privately in 6/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98251, $3,055 - Jason Feldman Collection

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 estimated 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 Above type is approximately four times as rare as the Mintmark Below type.

As with the 1875-S Mintmark Below Dimes, many of the Mintmark Above appear to have been struck from worn dies.  This gives the appearance of weak details that simulate wear.  Knowlegeable collectors understand the vagaries of die states, but new collectors prefer well struck examples.

Researcher Gerry Fortin has identified 6 different die varieties for this type (compare to the 22 die varieties of the 1875-S Mintmark Below).