PCGS Nos: 4643, 4759, 84759,
Circulation strikes: 8,000
by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball
Hughes and James Barton Longacre; Reverse by James Barton Longacre
Diameter: ±17.9 millimeters
Silver - ±90%
Copper - ±10%
Weight: ±38 grains (±2.5 grams)
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the ribbon bow on the reverse
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
The 1866 Dime is part of the Seated Liberty Dime series issued between
1837 and 1891, inclusive. Most of the production efforts at the
Philadelphia Mint in 1866 focused on the minor (base metal) coins,
including the Three Cents and Five Cents made of Nickel. Thus, the
mintage of the 1866 Dime is very low: a mere 8,000 circulation strikes and
only 725 Proofs. Uncirculated examples are scarce, with MS-63 being
the grade most often encountered.
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.
The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.
The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS
are 2 PRCA-66's
The finest Proof Deep Cameo
example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.
PCGS Proof-65. Ex - James
Macallister on March 31, 1944 as part of a run of Proof sets from 1858 to
1915 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.s' "Benson II" sale,
February 18-19, 2002, Lot 531, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00
Proof-64. Ex - Bowers and
Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000,
Lot 599, sold for $506.00
NGC Proof 64. Ex - Ira &
Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I",
February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1577, not illustrated, sold for $632.00
NGC Proof-64. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M.
LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1515, sold for $603.75
IGC MS-65. Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show
Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 182, unsold
NGC MS-64. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M.
LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1516, sold for $1,207.50
NGC MS-62. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June
28-29, 2001, Lot 268, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service