1885 

     


Mintage: 2,533,427                                                                      Proofs: 930

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100

Var#

Obv

Rev

DR

 

Obverse / Reverse Quick Diagnostics

Ahwash

Greer

 

101

1

A

0B1

 

 Proof Die, Repunched 1 / Proof Die, Die Defect on Upper Stalks

A-1

G101

 

101a

1.2

A.2

0B1

 

 Repunched 1, High Date, Sl. Down Slope / Die Defect on Upper Stalks

A-1

G101

 

102

2

B

0L

 

 High Date, Sl. Downward Slope / Die Crack Between 2:30 and 4:00

A-2

 

 

103

3

C

0R

 

 Misplaced 18 in Denticles, High Date, Slight Down Slope / Perfect Die

 

 

 

104

4

D

-1B0

 

 Misplaced 8 in Denticles, High Date, Slight Down Slope / Perfect Die

 

 

 

105

5

E

0B1

 

 Repunched 18, High Date. Sl. Down Slope / Perfect Die

 

 

 

106

6

F

0L

 

 High Date, Slight Downward Slope / Perfect Die

 

 

 

107

7

G

0R

 

 High Date, Slight Downward Slope / Perfect Die

 

 

 

108

8

H

1L

 

 High Level Date / Perfect Die

 

 

 

109

9

I

0R

 

 High Date, Sl. Downward Slope, Die Scratch Through Gown / Perfect Die

 

 

 
110

10

J

0B1
   High Level Date / Weak O(NE)    
 

111

11

K

-1B0

 

 High Weak Date, Slight Down Slope, Die Cracks / Perfect Die

   

Variety Vs. Denticle Ruler Cross Reference Table

Scarcity: A common date in all grades, but finding well struck examples in higher grades may be challenging.

Updated Greer Rarity Ratings
Overall Rarity: G-VG R1, F-VF R1, EF-AU R2+, MS R3-

                                Fortin Variety Rarity Estimates In VF - Mint State

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

101

R3

-

106

R3

-

101a

R3

-

107

R2

-

102

R3

-

108

R2

-

103

R4

-

109

R4

-

104

R4

-

110

R3

-

105
R6
100-200%

111

R4

-

Comments: This date requires further research, since only eleven obverse dies have been categorized against a historical 
mintage of 2,500,000+ pieces. The examples in the author's collection rarely exhibit die cracks, indicating a potential 
for the Philadelphia mint to have generated a low average mintage per die pair.  Without the aid of die cracks as a 
diagnostic, the date position, misplaced digits and repunching are the primary die designators. It is worth mentioning 
again that well struck higher grade 1885 dimes are challenging to locate and not as available as the date's mintage 
would suggest.
  
                               Value As A Date (Coin World Trends/CoinValues

Grade

1963

1973

1983

1993

2003

2012

G

0.50

2.25

3.75

4

20

15

F

1.50

4

7

8.25

30

25

EF

-

9

27

21

40

40

MS60

8.50

90

215

125

200

150

MS63

-

-

-

300

400

250

 

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