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Coins Certified as of 6/27

My Coin #-38748

1842-O 10C F12

CERTIFICATION#: -38748
PCGS#: 4582

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $1

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1842-O Dime is a surprising coin simply because it has a relatively large mintage for the early 1840s, yet it is a very rare and desirable coin in high grade.  For instance, in MS63, the PCGS Price Guide shows the 1842-O valued at nearly ten times that of the 1842 (which has a lower mintage).  This is because very few nice examples of the 1842-O Dime were saved by collectors, few of whom lived in or around New Orleans.  Thus, finding a Mint State example of this date is quite a challenge.  Then, trying to find a Gem example is like searching for a hen's tooth.  Not undexpectedly, the price record for this date was set by one of the extremely rare PCGS MS65's sold by Heritage in 2010.  

The strike quality for this date is inconsistent, though most examples show some weakness on the bow and ribbon on the reverse.  

Gerry Fortin identified seven different die varieties for this date, including some with Small or Medium-sized mintamrks.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,020,000 Weight: 2.67 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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 12 / 34 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2010:3082 (as PCGS MS65 12841405), $25,300

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade