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: $1.22 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 18.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 7/14/2015

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1820 10C MS
Base $ 40.00 65.00 95.00 230 510 765 950 1100 1275 1500 2000 3100 6100 14000 31750 - - - -
$ 575 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 282
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
10/20/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2946, 2946/Lot# 1140 $575.00
7/21/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 85 $525.00
4/20/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188176 $193.60
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30235 $67,562.50
9/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3931 $3,290.00
10/24/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23107 $176.25
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3570 $1,116.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 10C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2445
Owner: JustBustDimes
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2102
Owner: empireed
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