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Obverse of 1814 Dime     Reverse of 1814 Dime


PCGS No: 4488, 4489

Circulation strikes: 421,500
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 (for Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties (5):
JR-1 - Scarce
JR-2 - Scarce
JR-3 - Common
JR-4 - Common

The finest "Large Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest "Small Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Significant examples:
MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3039, where it was described as follows: "JR-2.  MS-64.  Medium to deep steel-blue with wonderful blue iridescence including touches of warm gold or heather-gold. Both sides sharp in the centers (including full cap and hair above the center dot, and an excellent eagle). On the right side of both the obverse and reverse, however, the strike failed to bring up the design. Some of the stars disappear, as do a few of the letters in the legend on the reverse. All in all a very choice, handsome Bust Dime from the period of the James Madison administration."

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64. Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 343, "JR-3, Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Central States" Sale, May 2000, Lot 5837 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000" Sale, August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5487, "JR-3", unsold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1562, "Large Date, JR-2, Rarity-3", illustrated, sold for $4,830.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1495, "JR-3, Large Date" sold for $483.00

EF-45 Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5488, "JR-1, Small Date", plated, sold for $431.25

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

Obverse of 1814 Dime Varieties     Reverse of 1814 Dime Varieties

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions