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SERIES: Capped Bust Dimes 1809-1837
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1837 10C Capped Bust (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
4529
Diameter:
18.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
359,500
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$30,550 • NGC MS66* • 11-15-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 800 R-5.4 8 / 18 23 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 8 / 18 21 / 35
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 18 TIE 19 / 35 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $2 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33319, $30,550 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Hanks, sold privately in 3/2010 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3046, $11,750

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $2 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33319, $30,550 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Hanks, sold privately in 3/2010 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3046, $11,750

5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2008:951, $6,325  - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 1/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98236, $21,150

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1837 was a transitional year in which the new Seated Liberty design replaced the old Capped Bust design.  Normally, such design changes prompted collectors to put away extra examples of the last year of issue, but there were very few collectors in America in 1837, thus there is not an inflated supply of 1837 Capped Bust Dimes.  However, the smaller mintage of the 1837 Capped Bust Dime (the lowest of the Small Diameter Dimes) and the fact that it commands hardly any price premium at all, makes this a popular date with collectors and a good value for the type collector.

Mint State examples of the 1837 Capped Bust Dime are scarce, but not rare.  MS62 to MS64 examples are the most available.  Gem examples are rare, and none are known above MS66.

There are four individual die varieties for this year, three of which have Block 8's in the date, and a fourth which has a Fancy 8 in the date.  The Fancy 8 variety is very common and the Block 8's range from common to very scarce.