Owner's Comments

Mintage: 5,780,000 (Including Large Dates)
Small Date Obverse Dies: 22 Known

During 1856, both Large Date and Small Date dimes were struck. Large Date dimes are rare in Mint State and the recent upward adjustment in Coin World Values pricing is more reflective of their scarcity. Small Date examples are much more common than Large Dates in both circulated and Mint State grades.

Four 1856 Large Date obverse dies and twenty two Small Date obverse dies have been identified to date.

Plate Coin: Small Date, Fortin 103, High Level Date, Evenly Toned Medium Gray and Strictly Original

Expert Comments

Gordon Wrubel

You are at a coin convention and you are offered a "raw" Mint State 1856 10C at a favorable price. How can you tell if it is the very common Small Date or the much rarer Large Date? This is an easy call if you look at the 5 in the date. The Small Date variety has a "Slanted" 5, while the Large Date has an "Upright" 5. The Small Date is about 5 times more common than the Large Date. In high grade the Small Date has more than two dozen graded 65 or better (with a lone 67 at the top). At this writing, the Large Date shows only one 66 and one 67 at the top. The next highest graded is MS64.
17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 32 / 34 TIE 90 / 122 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 33 / 34 88 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 28 / 34 TIE 83 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:3975, $8,225 (plate-matched to the following) - Heritage 4/2014:4113, $10,575

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #4609 (MS)     66
3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade