1902 10C MS64 Certification #21164726, PCGS #4827

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1902, employees at the U.S. Mint at Phladelphia minted a record number of 21,380,000.  This was the largest Dime mintage since the denomination first appeared in 1796.  The record would only last until 1907, and it was only until the Mercury Dimes that such large mintages would become commonplace.

Despite the massive output, the 1902 Dimes is not as common as one might expect.  Several dates have much larger populations, according to PCGS.  For instance, PCGS has certified nearly six times as many 1892's as the 1902.  Other dates with larger populations include: 1895-O; 1898; 1906; 1911; and several others.

In Mint State, the 1902 Dime is most available in MS62 to MS64.  MS65 and MS66 examples are slightly less available, but sufficient numbers exist to keep collectors satisfied.  Finally, in MS67, the 1902 becomes a significant condition rarity.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
21380777
Weight
2.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
75
Pop Lower
236
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 35000 R-2.6 64 / 76 TIE 64 / 76 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 43 / 76 TIE 43 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 76 TIE 35 / 76 TIE

Condition Census

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:89, $5,875 - Heritage 1/2016:3799, $5,170 (cert-matched) - “Frog Run Farm” Collection - Stack's/Bowers 11/2017:1360, $4,080

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3928, $1,410

4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade