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SERIES: Draped Bust Dimes 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1803 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58+
PCGS #:
4473
Diameter:
19.80 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
2.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
33,040
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,300 • PCGS AU58 • 9-22-2002 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150 R-7.5 6 / 13 7 / 16
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 13 1 / 16
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 13 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:808 - William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:895 - Norman Shultz, privately 1/1949 - Harold Bareford Collection - Stack's 10/1981:147 - Allen Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:24 - Waldo Bolen Collection - RARCOA “Numisma '95” 1995:2017, $20,900  - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1438, $322,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1044, $211,500

2 MS62 estimated grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade  

Plate coin for the 1803 JR-4 variety in the 1984 book Early United States Dimes: 1796-1837 by the John Reich Collectors Society.

Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1576 - Allen F. Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:25 - Ed Price Collection - Roger Solomon Collection, sold privately - Jim Matthews Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4060, $35,250

3 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:808 - William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:895 - Norman Shultz, privately 1/1949 - Harold Bareford Collection - Stack's 10/1981:147 - Allen Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:24 - Waldo Bolen Collection - RARCOA “Numisma '95” 1995:2017, $20,900  - Ed Price Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1438, $322,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1044, $211,500

2 MS62 estimated grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade  

Plate coin for the 1803 JR-4 variety in the 1984 book Early United States Dimes: 1796-1837 by the John Reich Collectors Society.

Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1576 - Allen F. Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:25 - Ed Price Collection - Roger Solomon Collection, sold privately - Jim Matthews Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4060, $35,250

3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade

Richard B. Windsor Collection -
S.H. & Henry Chapman, 12/1895 -
J.M. Clapp -
John H. Clapp -
Clapp estate -
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. -
Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1051 -
The Oliver Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7069, $18,400

7 AU55 PCGS grade  
7 AU55 PCGS grade  
10 AU53 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1803 Dime is like the 1800, 1801, and 1802 Dimes in terms of the total number of survivors, but this date is nearly impossible to find in Mint State.  In fact, the PCGS Condition Census dips all the way down to AU53 at the low end and shows only one Uncirculated example, that being the remarkable PCGS MS64 Parmelee-Atwater-Bareford-Lovejoy-Bolen-Price example (enough great names in there?) that sold in 2008 for a record-stomping $322,000.

It took five different die combinations to complete the mintage of 33,040, resulting in some individual varieties that are quite rare and desirable.