Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 942,587
Catalog: KM-42
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.70 Grams
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.42 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 18.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1820 10C MS obverse 1820 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After a six-year break in dime coinage, the U. S. Mint really went to town in 1820. Nearly a million pieces were produced. This high mintage saw eight obverses paired with nine reverses for a total of 13 known die marriages.

These varieties have traditionally been grouped into those having a Small 0 in the date and those having a Large 0, but interest in such varieties is actually quite limited. The most popular variety is JR-1, which utilized the leftover 1814 die reading STATESOFAMERICA. Of course, it's also possible that the 1814 version was actually coined in 1820 with a still useable 1814 obverse die.

JR-7 is, along with JR-13, the most commonly seen variety. JR-1, -2 (photos), -3, -5, -6, -8, -9, -10 and -11 are slightly scarce, while JR-4 and JR-12 are both rare, the latter especially so.

There are quite a number examples within the lower Mint State grades, but gems are few and far between.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2014

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1820 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 65.00 95.00 205 510 510 750 900 1075 1200 1300 1375 1900 2850 5000 13500 31750 - - - -
$ 575 800 975 1125 1275 1375 1450 2000 3200 5600 16500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 264
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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8/2/1997 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6135 $1,380.00
2/24/2003 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 321 $2,127.50
11/13/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 113, 118/Lot# 501 $1,552.50
3/31/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1296 $1,565.15
8/7/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3114, 3114/Lot# 1393 $109.25
10/13/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3472 $8,050.00
12/9/2012 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22070 $74.00
2/7/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7636 $528.75
4/20/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188176 $193.60
8/5/2014 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7411 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231512013115751092121312961483157816491725188621022688356754547852137732231311
1321672373997471132124013581514160116741778195822972981419662539825166192231310
000000124013581514160116741778195822972981419662539825166192231300
0000001268142015461625169918322030249232744825705211799194662231300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2445
Owner: JustBustDimes
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2102
Owner: empireed
 
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