1837 10C No Stars, Small Date MS65

CERTIFICATION#: 21314594
PCGS#: 4562

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 682,500 (Both date sizes)
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

The No Stars obverse shows the Christian Gobrecht rendering of the Thomas Sully design, while the reverse has a wreath with ONE DIME, thin long leaves with long stemmed closed berries and the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. All design elements except the date were hubbed into the master die, a technological breakthrough for the time period. First coinage of this group was 30 brilliant proofs struck on June 30, 1837 at the direction of Mint Director, Robert Patterson.

Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Ahwash 2, Small Date, Heavily Clashed Reverse, Original Rose/Blue Toning On Pristine Surfaces. There are two different Small Date obverse dies with one having a heavier punched date than the other. Fortin 104 is the "lighter" Small Date punch. The "heavier" Small Date obverse is sometimes attributed as a Large Date by the grading services so inspection of 1837 Large Date dimes in grading service holders is recommended.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1837 was the debut year for the new Seated Liberty Dime.  The first Dimes of the year bore a so-called "Large Date", a curious, transitional date with a serif on the top bar of the 3 and a flat-topped 7.  Later in the year, a "Small Date" was introduced which became the standard size and style for the next several years. The Small Date variety has a round-top 3 that distinguishes it from the flat-topped 3.

According to Breen, "Large date 1837's were saved as first of their kind" but the same was not true of the Small Dates.  Breen's statement is corroborated by the PCGS Population Report, which shows a population for the 1837 Small Date at nearly a fourth of that of the 1837 Large Date.  Mint State examples of the Small Date are scarce and usually appear in grades from MS62 to MS64, inclusive.  Gems are very rare.  The best example is the single PCGS MS66+ illustrated above.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 682,500 Weight: 2.67 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
25
2
2
22
1
3
25
4
42
6
46
2
8
59
2
12
110
6
15
135
4
45+
575
50+
775
53+
875
55+
1,000
58+
1,350
62+
2,500
63+
3,300
64+
6,400
65+
11,000
66+
29,500
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 1 / 3 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 1 / 3 TIE 60 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 1 / 3 TIE 45 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade