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SERIES: Liberty Head $10 1838-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1842 $10 Small Date (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

1842 $10 Date Comparison

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
8585
Diameter:
26.80 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
16.70 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
18,623
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS62 • 10-1-1999 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 18 / 64 TIE 35 / 183 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 64 TIE 30 / 183 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 64 1 / 183
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  

Harry Bass - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1324, $18,400

2 MS62 estimated grade  

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

3 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2014:3948, $16,450

5 MS60 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/1998:7746, $11,212

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  

Harry Bass - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1324, $18,400

2 MS62 estimated grade  

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

3 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2014:3948, $16,450

5 MS60 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/1998:7746, $11,212

6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 estimated grade  

David Akers (1975/88): Both the auction data and my own experience indicate that the Small Date and Large Date varieties of 1842 are of comparable overall rarity. It is quite likely therefore that the 81,507 mintage for the 1842 was broken down fairly evenly between the two varieties. The 1842 Small Date is rare in any condition and, when available, the typical specimen grades VF or EF and is well struck, often with prooflike or prartially prooflike surfaces. Almost Uncirculated examples are extremely rare and I have never personally examined a strictly uncirculated specimen.

 


Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: The Small Date utilizes the smaller date punches as on the first two years of the Liberty Head design, 1840 and 1841. It is easily distinguished by the PLAIN CROSSBAR of the 4. The Large Date has much larger digits and a CROSSLET 4. The Large Date is seen about twice as often as the Small Date. Both varieties are scarce in AU condition are rare in Mint State. In 2013, the Large Date population shows five Mint State examples topped by one in MS-65. The Small Date has only three in Mint State the highest being MS-63. Proof examples bear the Small Date. These are excessively rare with only two examples reported. One of these is in our National Collection enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum.