1822 Capped Bust Dime

The Capped Bust Dime was issued from 1809 to 1837. There were a few gaps in production, as well as several modifications along the way. Other United States coinage of the time carried the same capped bust theme, based on the work of Mint Engraver John Reich.

The 1822 is the toughest date in the Capped Bust dime (open collar strike) series. It is seldom encountered for sale in any grade, attesting to its scarcity. In all, there only approximately 200 examples in existence today.(1)

Mint records indicate there were 100,000 dimes struck in 1822, but researchers believe this total included dimes that were dated 1821.(2) The true number issued is assuredly much smaller.

Take a look at the value trend charts for the 1822 dime, and note the strong and steady upward price movements. There has been some flatlining for Mint State-60 specimens since 1990, but these same coins absolutely exploded in value from about 1970 through the 1980s.

The 1822 Capped Bust dime is one of the most famous rarities from the early years of the United States Mint and his held in high regard among collectors. The fierce competition to own an 1822 dime is based on solid numismatic fundamentals.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 200
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 7.0
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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1. PCGS.  1822 10C (Regular Strike).

2. Stack's Bowers Galleries.  1822 JR.1 (R-3). Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  March 2006 Auction.

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