Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,186,512
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: $1.33 (5/22/2015)
Diameter: 18.8mm
Edge: Reeded
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1821 10C MS obverse 1821 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1821 registered another large mintage of dimes. Eight obverse dies and an equal number of reverses were combined to produce 10 die marriages. Five of these feature the Large Date used for 1820, while the three remaining varieties are of the Small Date style and appear to have been coined last. There is no significant difference in overall rarity between these major varieties.

As for the individual, numbered die marriages, JR-1, JR-4 and JR-6 through JR-9 are all common, with Small Date variety JR-8 being illustrated here. JR-3, -5 and -10 are scarce, while JR-2 is rare.

There are a fair number of Mint State survivors for the more common varieties, but gems of this date are rarely encountered.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/23/2014

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1821 10C MS
Base $ 40.00 65.00 100.00 215 545 765 925 1025 1100 1350 2000 3000 5100 19000 24500 - - - -
$ 575 800 950 1075 1150 1425 2200 3350 5750 22500 - - -

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Total Graded: 334
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/8/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 6367 $2,070.00
2/23/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6184 $1,207.50
5/30/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 152 $776.25
4/3/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 81: The Leesburg Sale, 86/Lot# 384 $1,311.00
3/31/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1298 $575.00
8/7/2011 NGC G 4   Teletrade Auction 3114, 3114/Lot# 1394 $53.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 35103 $27.00
2/10/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99862 $55.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 10C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2261
Owner: JustBustDimes
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2261
Owner: mtayl03
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