1821 10C Small Date MS64 Certification #06565010, PCGS #94496

Owner's Comments

Ex. Lovejoy, Oct 1990, lot 59. where it was described as a very choice proof or presentation piece - JR-9 - extremely well struck and obverse is fully proooflike - fabulous eye appeal!

Expert Comments

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).

19.00 millimeters
John Reich
2.70 grams
Metal Content
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 17 TIE 4 / 35 TIE
All Grades 15 R-9.3 6 / 17 9 / 35
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 17 TIE 1 / 35 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade 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