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Obverse of 1811 Dime     Reverse of 1811 Dime


PCGS No: 4487


Circulation strikes: 65,180
Proofs: 0

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 18.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 41.6 grains (2.70 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties (1):
JR-1 - 1811/09

The finest Uncirculated "1811/9" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3038, where it was described as follows: "JR-1.  PCGS graded Mint State 62.  Deep streaks of silvery to pewter gray toning on both sides. Tops of curls flatly struck. An early overdate. Scarce, as are all early Bust Dimes.  Historians have described the forty years before 1834 as the silver period in United States coinage history. As a matter of fact it was a period of nondescript currency, made up of bank notes, underweight foreign gold coins, foreign silver coins of many varieties, and domestic fractional silver coins in limited numbers. Adverse conditions prevented the circulation of adequate quantities of silver as well as gold. It was not a silver period except in the sense that a mixture of foreign and domestic silver coins served inadequately as a reserve for bank note issues."

PCGS VF-30 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 2, February 18-19, 2002, Lot 459

1811/09 Choice Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 489, not illustrated, sold for $264.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early United States Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service