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

1851 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
4595
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,026,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$20,563 • PCGS MS67 CAC • 6-5-2013 • 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 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 20 / 34 TIE 46 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 20 / 34 TIE 45 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Eliasberg Collection - Heritage 6/2013:4425, $20,563

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:3950, $3,965.63

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Eliasberg Collection - Heritage 6/2013:4425, $20,563

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:3950, $3,965.63

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
9 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The mintage of the 1851 Dime is slightly more than half that of the 1850.  This makes the 1851 Dime slightly more rare, but it does not command much of a premium over the normal type coins until well into the Mint State grades.  Most Mint State examples are either MS63 or MS64, with but a few examples above and below.  Gems are truly scarce and any 1851 Dime in MS66 or MS67 is an extreme rarity.  The finest example is the Eliasberg PCGS MS67 sold in 2013 for $20,563.  The 1851 Dime normally shows weakness on some of the stars and denticles and in the area of the first A in AMERICA on the reverse; it is doubtful if a fully struck example exists.