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

1842-O 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
4582
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,020,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • PCGS MS65 • 8-11-2010 • 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 12 / 34 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2010:3082 (as PCGS MS65 12841405), $25,300

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2010:3082 (as PCGS MS65 12841405), $25,300

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  

Stellar Collection - Jason Carter, sold privately in 7/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98224, $14,100

9 MS63 PCGS grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1842-O Dime is a surprising coin simply because it has a relatively large mintage for the early 1840s, yet it is a very rare and desirable coin in high grade.  For instance, in MS63, the PCGS Price Guide shows the 1842-O valued at nearly ten times that of the 1842 (which has a lower mintage).  This is because very few nice examples of the 1842-O Dime were saved by collectors, few of whom lived in or around New Orleans.  Thus, finding a Mint State example of this date is quite a challenge.  Then, trying to find a Gem example is like searching for a hen's tooth.  Not undexpectedly, the price record for this date was set by one of the extremely rare PCGS MS65's sold by Heritage in 2010.  

The strike quality for this date is inconsistent, though most examples show some weakness on the bow and ribbon on the reverse.  

Gerry Fortin identified seven different die varieties for this date, including some with Small or Medium-sized mintamrks.