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

1902-O 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
4828
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
2.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,500,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,650 • NGC MS67 • 8-9-2007 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 16 / 76 TIE 16 / 76 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 8 / 76 TIE 8 / 76 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 4 / 76 TIE 4 / 76 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:90, $9,400 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20036, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS estimated grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:90, $9,400 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20036, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS estimated grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1902-O Dime has a seemingly large mintage of exactly 4.5 million coins, but they were either ignored by collectors or the coins had a hard time getting from New Orleans to the collectors in the North.  As a result, high-grade examples can be pricey.  In most circulated grades, the 1902-O Dime commands only a small premium, but in AU and better grades the price jumps quickly.  Mint State examples are scarce but not rare.  The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS64.  Gems are very rare and anything above MS66 is nearly impossible to find. 

The best example of a 1902-O Dime (and a colorful one, to boot) is the NGC MS67 from the John Jay Pittman and Eugnene Gardner collections.  Coincidentally, that piece has the record price of $12,650 for the date.