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1829 TEN CENTS OR DIME

PCGS No: 4511, 84511, 94511, 4512, 4548

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 770,000
Proofs: estimated 10

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 18.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 41.6 grains (2.70 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all 1829 Dimes were struck at the Philadelphia mint)

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions

Varieties (12):
JR-1 - 
JR-2 - 
JR-3 - Very Scarce
JR-4 - Common
JR-5 - 
JR-6 -
JR-7 - 
JR-8 - 
JR-9 - 
JR-10 - 
JR-11 - 
JR-12 - 

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Small 10C" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Uncirculated "Medium 10C" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest Uncirculated "Large 10C" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest circulation strike "Curled Base 2" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-53.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  Offered by Bowers & Merena Galleries for $12,750 in the June 11, 2001 issue of The Coin Collector, "JR-7"

PCGS MS-66. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 496, "JR-12, Medium 10", $5,750.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3041, where it was described as follows: "1829 JR-12 Rarity-3 NGC MS63.  Slightly scarcer variety in the Bust Dime series for 1829, a well struck, mint-original specimen that boasts full stars, cap, and hair on Liberty. Natural toning that shades from medium gray to reddish and steel blue.  Second year of the closed collar Dimes. Procedures at the Philadelphia Mint were undergoing evolutionary change in the late-1820s to early 1830s to even out coin diameters, while at the same time improve the quality of the coin strikes.  The legends, date, stars, portrait and other devices were modified to ensure the new product met the criteria that Mint technical experts had established. The "close collar" or as it is sometimes called, "collar die" transformed coinage production by yielding coins of uniform size with fully struck details from the coinage dies beginning in 1828.  Before the introduction of the close collar, coinage presses at the mint had been equipped with an open collar, which couldn't guarantee that the planchet would be placed accurately between the dies. Because the dies were of a larger diameter than the finished coins, the likelihood was strong for an inadequate strike or one that was slightly off center. Border areas often had details lacking. Any edge lettering, reeding or other such embellishment was placed on the planchet in a separate operation on a Castaing machine before the planchet was fed into the coinage press, without any effect from the open collar.  With the advent of the close collar, all this changed, including the border design and die diameter. Mint engraver William Kneass introduced new dies with plain rims surrounding beaded borders."

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 493, "Square Base 2, JR-12 (R-3)", plated, sold for $5,750.00

PCI AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1565, "Medium 10, JR-7, Rarity-1", not illustrated, sold for $253.00

Good-5.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 582, "JR-10, Curl Base 2", sold for $2,415.00

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