Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 770,000
Catalog: KM-48
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.7g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.52 (7/27/2016)
Diameter: 18.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1829 10C MS obverse 1829 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Starting this year the transition from the Reich designs to the Kneass interpretation of them was more or less complete. As with the 1828 dimes, however, some of those date 1829 represent a compromise between the old style and new styles. The new reverse has a finely beaded border and narrow rims, yet three die marriages included the old style reverse with its broad denticles. Again, the Mint was not going to discard useable dies just because they were obsolete in style.

The published mintage figure above is for calendar year 1829, but it's believed that additional pieces were struck with this date during 1830. Mint State examples of the more common varieties survive in good numbers, but few of these qualify as gems.

Six obverses were paired with no fewer than 11 reverses to produce a dozen die marriages of 1829 dimes. These vary according to the size of the figures in 10 C.

Common varieties include JR-2, -4 and -7. More scarce are JR-1, -3, -8 -5, -6, -8, -9, -11 and -12. The scarcest die marriage is JR-10, the highly sought Curled Base 2 variety.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/15/2015

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1829 10C MS
Base $ 37.00 50.00 85.00 145 340 575 675 800 1000 1275 1375 1750 2350 4500 10500 17500 40000 - - -
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Total Graded: 392
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/24/1999 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1240, 1240/Lot# 1241 $196.20
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 1280 $8,050.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1975 $1,006.25
5/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1313 $5,850.00
11/25/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131249/Lot# 26705 $152.75
2/24/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 51044 $170.50
9/8/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7053 $400.00
2/16/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131408/Lot# 24090 $158.63
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5123 $1,762.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1829 10C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1886
Owner: JustBustDimes
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1609
Owner: empireed
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