Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $21.75
The 1803 Dime is like the 1800, 1801, and 1802 Dimes in terms of the total number of survivors, but this date is nearly impossible to find in Mint State. In fact, the PCGS Condition Census dips all the way down to AU53 at the low end and shows only one Uncirculated example, that being the remarkable PCGS MS64 Parmelee-Atwater-Bareford-Lovejoy-Bolen-Price example (enough great names in there?) that sold in 2008 for a record-stomping $322,000.
It took five different die combinations to complete the mintage of 33,040, resulting in some individual varieties that are quite rare and desirable.
Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:808 - William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:895 - Norman Shultz, privately 1/1949 - Harold Bareford Collection - Stack's 10/1981:147 - Allen Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:24 - Waldo Bolen Collection - RARCOA “Numisma '95” 1995:2017, $20,900 - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1438, $322,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1044, $211,500
Plate coin for the 1803 JR-4 variety in the 1984 book Early United States Dimes: 1796-1837 by the John Reich Collectors Society.
Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1576 - Allen F. Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:25 - Ed Price Collection - Roger Solomon Collection, sold privately - Jim Matthews Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4060, $35,250