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SERIES: Barber Dimes 1892-1916
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1902 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
4827
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
21,380,777
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$5,875 • PCGS MS67 • 12-14-2014 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 35,000 R-2.6 64 / 76 TIE 64 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 43 / 76 TIE 43 / 76 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 35 / 76 TIE 35 / 76 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:89, $5,875

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3928, $1,410

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:89, $5,875

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Nicedimes Collection

3 MS66+ PCGS grade

Lily Nicole Collection - Heritage 4/2015:3928, $1,410

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1902, employees at the U.S. Mint at Phladelphia minted a record number of 21,380,000.  This was the largest Dime mintage since the denomination first appeared in 1796.  The record would only last until 1907, and it was only until the Mercury Dimes that such large mintages would become commonplace.

Despite the massive output, the 1902 Dimes is not as common as one might expect.  Several dates have much larger populations, according to PCGS.  For instance, PCGS has certified nearly six times as many 1892's as the 1902.  Other dates with larger populations include: 1895-O; 1898; 1906; 1911; and several others.

In Mint State, the 1902 Dime is most available in MS62 to MS64.  MS65 and MS66 examples are slightly less available, but sufficient numbers exist to keep collectors satisfied.  Finally, in MS67, the 1902 becomes a significant condition rarity.