Owner's Comments

Mintage: 1,931,500
Obverse Dies: 8 Known

For the 1850 Philapelphia date, eight obverse and nine reverse dies have been identified. Obverse 2, on the registry coin, is easy to attribute through its very high date and the 185 digits touching the base. Reverse C has heavy die flash around bow loops and knot.

Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Pittman Collection, Ahwash 3, Golden and Blue Toning Over Prooflike Surfaces, A Fine PQ Example

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1850 saw a return to the big Dime mintages of the past, this being the largest since 1842 (at New Orleans).  As a result, the 1850 Dime is one of the more affordable dates of the No Stars type.  Mint State 1850 Dimes are fairly plentiful, particularly from MS62 to MS64.  Gem examples are about as tough as any other date in the series, and MS66 seems to be the best possible grade.  Proof 1850 Dimes are extremelty rare and fewer than ten examples exist today.

Jerry Fortin has identifed twelve different die varieties for this date and suspects that more will be found over time.  

17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.67 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 800 R-5.4 24 / 34 TIE 72 / 122 TIE
All Grades 130 R-7.7 26 / 34 TIE 75 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 34 TIE 36 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #4593 (MS)     66
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade