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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1837 10C No Stars, Small Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4562
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
682,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$36,719 • NGC MS67* • 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 400 R-6.2 1 / 3 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 1 / 3 TIE 60 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 9 R-9.6 1 / 3 TIE 45 / 122 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3615, $25,300 - Jim O’Neal Collection of U.S. Type, Part One - Heritage 4/2014:5566, $29,375 - Heritage 1/2015:4063, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3143, $14,688.68

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 5/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30244, $11,750

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

Bob Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3615, $25,300 - Jim O’Neal Collection of U.S. Type, Part One - Heritage 4/2014:5566, $29,375 - Heritage 1/2015:4063, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3143, $14,688.68

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 5/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30244, $11,750

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated 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 $5 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33320, $36,718.75

8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1837 was the debut year for the new Seated Liberty Dime.  The first Dimes of the year bore a so-called "Large Date", a curious, transitional date with a serif on the top bar of the 3 and a flat-topped 7.  Later in the year, a "Small Date" was introduced which became the standard size and style for the next several years. The Small Date variety has a round-top 3 that distinguishes it from the flat-topped 3.

According to Breen, "Large date 1837's were saved as first of their kind" but the same was not true of the Small Dates.  Breen's statement is corroborated by the PCGS Population Report, which shows a population for the 1837 Small Date at nearly a fourth of that of the 1837 Large Date.  Mint State examples of the Small Date are scarce and usually appear in grades from MS62 to MS64, inclusive.  Gems are very rare.  The best example is the single PCGS MS66+ illustrated above.