1830 10C Small 10C AU50

CERTIFICATION#: -38725
PCGS#: 4517

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $2.1

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel: Here is a tip in determining whether you have a Small or Medium 10C: Small has a round 0 in 10C that is smaller than the 1. Medium has a "football" shaped 0 that is the same size as the 1.

Ron Guth: Eight varieties comprise the entire mintage of 1830 Dimes.  Seven of the varieties have what is known as a "Medium 10C"; the eighth variety has what is known as the "Small 10C."  The authors of the standard reference book assigned the number JR-2 to the Small 10C variety and assigned it Rarity 1 (common).  Their Condition Census includes "at least ten mint state pieces...", the finest of which is an "MS-67" in a 1982 ANA sale. 

The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes seven Mint State pieces, the finest of which is a single MS-64.  Fopr a coin that is supposedly so common, it is quite difficult to locate a Mint State example.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Davis, David J. et. al. Early United States Dimes 1796-1837: A Reference Book of Their Types, Varieties and Rarity.  Ypsilanti, MI: John Reich Collectors Society, 1984.

Diameter: 18.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 510,000 Weight: 2.67 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 9 / 18 TIE 25 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 3 / 18 5 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 18 1 / 35 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2011:3278, $12,075
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade  
3 MS63 estimated grade