Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dimes (1796-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,190,000
Catalog: KM-48
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 2.7g
ASW: 0.0774oz
Melt Value: $1.37 (10/26/2016)
Diameter: 18.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1836 10C MS obverse 1836 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The high mintage for this date is quite misleading, and it is probably twice the number of dimes which were struck with the 1836 date. A study of emission sequences for the various dies used for 1835 and 1836 dimes proves that many of the 1835-dated pieces came after the first striking of 1836-dated dimes.

Only three each of obverse and reverse dies are known for this date. These were paired as 1-A, 2-B and 3-C, with no sharing of dies for 1836-dated dimes. Though not so noted in popular catalogs, each obverse die is distinctive---one has a Script 8, another has a Block 8, and still another has a Script 8 punched over a Block 8! Of these varieties, JR-2 is common and the others only slightly scarce.

As noted above, this date is more scarce than its published mintage suggests, though certainly not rare. Mint State pieces exist in smaller numbers than for the common 1833-35 dimes.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1836 10C MS
Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 115 295 480 545 720 885 1075 1300 1500 2350 4250 10500 21000 51000 - - -
$ 315 - - - - - - 1575 2600 4550 - - - -

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Total Graded: 286
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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2/22/1997 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions February 1997 Long Beach Bullet Sale #167, 167/Lot# 267 $429.00
3/13/2006 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 78, 83/Lot# 427 $322.00
4/11/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2836, 2836/Lot# 1611 $414.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1997 $920.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1325 $675.63
12/30/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 92277 $38.00
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1057 $329.00
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2015 $28,200.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1836 10C MS
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1928
Owner: mania
Grade: XF 40
Points: 793
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
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