Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 485,000
Catalog: KM-48
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.70 Grams
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.13 (9/5/2015)
Diameter: 18.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1833 10C MS obverse 1833 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The U. S. Mint relocated to a new facility early in 1833, and the resulting disruption led to a wild mix-and-match of old and new dies. How many of the 485,000 dimes coined that year were actually dated 1833 is unknown, and it's likely that some were dated 1832 while additional 1833-dated pieces were made in the next year or two.

Four obverse dies were paired in 10 different combinations with six reverses. JR-4, -5 (photos), -6 and -9 are common, while JR-1 and JR-10 are slightly scarce. JR-2, -7 and -8 are rare, with JR-3 being the rarest variety of the year. Why the High 3 varieties have been singled out for attention in guide books is a puzzle, as the common JR-5 marriage of this obverse brings no premium.

Mint State survivors of the more common varieties are fairly plentiful, with more than the usual number of gems certified for this coin type.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/15/2015

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1833 10C MS
Base $ 35.00 47.00 78.00 105 275 490 550 690 850 1200 1600 2350 3550 9900 16500 39500 47000 - -
$ 315 - - - - - - 2650 4400 - - - -

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Total Graded: 407
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1991 $1,506.50
10/16/2011 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3155, 3155/Lot# 1381 $240.00
10/16/2011 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131143/Lot# 28158 $99.00
11/7/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7606 $431.25
10/17/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1322 $1,268.45
12/30/2012 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 732, 741/Lot# 564 $100.00
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9434 $258.50
12/1/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 152104 $137.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1833 10C MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2388
Owner: JustBustDimes
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2362
Owner: 1879
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