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: $1.52 (4/19/2014)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1820 10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 36.80 50.40 81.60 180 468 468 620 780 870 940 1020 1200 1470 2380 4310 11440 28930 - - - -
$ 510 680 860 960 1030 1120 1320 1620 2620 4700 12400 31200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 259
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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2/24/2003 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 321 $2,127.50
1/23/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 22163 $833.75
6/1/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3303 $4,025.00
7/16/2012 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 1744 $21.00
5/5/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 113146 $321.20
7/21/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 85 $525.00
8/30/2013 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4341 $508.78
3/21/2014 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11194 $367.78


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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