1821 10C Small Date (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust Dimes 1809-1837

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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Small vs Large Date Comparison

Small vs Large Date Comparison

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
94496
Designer:
John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
2.70 grams
Mintage:
1,186,512
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 150 R-7.5 2 / 17 TIE 4 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 6 / 17 9 / 35
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 17 TIE 1 / 35 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150
60 or Better 15
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 17 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 17
65 or Better 1 / 17 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 35
65 or Better 1 / 35 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS65 PCGS estimated grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade

JR8, Heritage 9/2009:410

4 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

D. Brent Pogue Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS estimated grade
MS64+ PCGS grade #3 MS64+ PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade

JR8, Heritage 9/2009:410

#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1821 Small Date Dime resulted from an interesting slip-up at the Mint. Instead of using the normal date punch for a Dime, the engraver picked up the date punch for a Quarter Eagle (the smallest-sized coin made in 1821). The result is an 1821 Dime with a date that is much smaller than normal, and which has a flat-base 2 instead of the usual curl-base. Surprisingly, three different obverse dies (out of eight) were made with the small date, resulting in three die varieties (LM-8, LM-9, and LM-10).

The Small Date version of the 1821 Dime is considerably scarcer than the Large Date. According to the PCGS Population Report (as of October 2011), PCGS had certified 62 Small Dates compared to 246 Large Dates. Among the Small Dates, 12 are Mint State and they range in grade from MS-62 to a single Gem in MS-66.

Sources and/or recommended reading: David J. David et al. Early United States Dime 1796-1837 (Ypsilanti, MI: John Reich Collectors Society, 1984).