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: $1.13 (8/31/2015)
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 (photos) 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: 7/14/2015

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Total Graded: 347
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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5/28/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 62 $1,495.00
5/26/2010 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2861, 2861/Lot# 1278 $299.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7839 $402.50
2/2/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3312 $10,925.00
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1100 $805.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5380 $977.50
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1347 $75.00
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 185986 $350.00

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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