Coins Certified as of 1/24

My Coin #-35470

1842 $10 Small Date VF20

PCGS#: 8585

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Numismatic Gallery Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $412.5

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Both the auction data and my own experience indicate that the Small Date and Large Date varieties of 1842 are of comparable overall rarity. It is quite likely therefore that the 81,507 mintage for the 1842 was broken down fairly evenly between the two varieties. The 1842 Small Date is rare in any condition and, when available, the typical specimen grades VF or EF and is well struck, often with prooflike or prartially prooflike surfaces. Almost Uncirculated examples are extremely rare and I have never personally examined a strictly uncirculated specimen.


Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The Small Date utilizes the smaller date punches as on the first two years of the Liberty Head design, 1840 and 1841. It is easily distinguished by the PLAIN CROSSBAR of the 4. The Large Date has much larger digits and a CROSSLET 4. The Large Date is seen about twice as often as the Small Date. Both varieties are scarce in AU condition are rare in Mint State. In 2013, the Large Date population shows five Mint State examples topped by one in MS-65. The Small Date has only three in Mint State the highest being MS-63. Proof examples bear the Small Date. These are excessively rare with only two examples reported. One of these is in our National Collection enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum.

Diameter: 26.80 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 18,623 Weight: 16.70 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 75 R-8.2 18 / 64 TIE 35 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 64 TIE 30 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade   Harry Bass - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1324, $18,400
2 MS62 estimated grade  

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

3 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2014:3948, $16,450

5 MS60 PCGS grade   Heritage 8/1998:7746, $11,212