Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 942,587
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.7000g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $2.12 (5/10/2021)
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, -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: 4/16/2019

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1820 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 75.00 125 300 650 850 1150 1280 1480 1500 1600 2375 3300 6000 16500 31500 57500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 23000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 351
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1820 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1514212635715961643-72334512061---349
------------------1---1
--------------11--1---3
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Total1514212635715961643-72335522063---353
 4%4%6%7%10%2%4%3%2%5%12%-2%7%10%15%6%2%1%--- 
1820 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------11------2
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Total--------------11------2
 --------------50%50%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231512013115751092121312961483157816491725188621022688356754547852137732231311
1321682383997471132124113581515160216741779195822972981419662539826166202231311
000000124113581515160216741779195822972981419662539826166202231300
0000001268142115461625170018322030249332744825705311799194662231300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2980
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2445
Owner: JustBustDimes
 
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