1852

 

     


Mintage: 1,535,500                                                                     Proofs: Possibly 8 (Breen)

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100

Var#

Obv

Rev

DR

 

Obverse / Reverse Quick Diagnostics

Ahwash

Greer

 

101

1

A

0R

 

 18 Touch Base, Very High Date, Down Slope / Die Lines (STATES OF)

A-1

 

 

102

2

B

-1B0

 

 Repunched 1, Medium Level Date / Faint Die Crack Tops of A(MERICA)

A-2

G102

 

102a

2.2

B.2

-1B0

 

 Weak Repunched 1 / Bold Die Crack Tops of A(MERICA)

 

 

 

103

3

C

-1C

 

 High Date, Downward Slope, Closed 5 / Die Lines (ST)ATES To Wreath

A-3

 

 

104

4

D

-1R

 

 Repunched 52, High Level Date / Weak Legend, DCr Rim to (A)MERICA

 

 

*

105

4.2

E

-1R

 

 Repunched 52, Die Cracks / Multiple Die Cracks

A-4

G101

 

105a

4.2

E.2

-1R

 

 Repunched 52, Die Cracks / Partial Reverse Cud At UNIT(ED S)TATES

 

 

 

105b

4.2

E.3

-1R

 

 Repunched 52, Die Cracks / Retained Reverse Cud At UNIT(ED S)TATES

 

 

 

106

5

F

-1R

 

 High Date, Downward Slope, Die Cracks Top Of Head / Bold Perfect Die

 

 

 

107

5

G

-1R

 

 High Date, Downward Slope, Die Cracks / Weak and Cracked Reverse

 

 

 

108

6

H

0L

 

 Oblique Date Punch, Faint DCr Left of Rock / Die Defect DI(M)E

 

 

 

108a

6.2

H.2

0L

 

 Heavy DCr Left of Rock, High Level Date / Die Crack A(MERI)CA

   

 

109

7

I

0C

 

 Rim Cud Stars 10-12, High Level Date / Die Crack Rim to STATE(S)

 

 

 

110

8

J

-1B0

 

 High Level Date, Die Lines Thru Lower Left Arm / Perfect Die

 

 

 

110a

8.2

J.2

-1B0

 

 Die Crack Bottom of Date, Interim Die State / Lightly Cracked Die

 

 

 

110b

8.3

J.2

-1B0

 

 Severe Die Crack At Bottom of Date / Lightly Cracked Die

   
 

110c

8.4

J.2

-1B0

 

 Retained Cud,Severe Die Crack Bottom of Date / Lightly Cracked Die

   

 

111

9

K

0L

 

 High Level Date, Die Lines Below Date / DCr STA(TES) (OF) A(MERICA)

 

 

 

112

10

L

0L

 

 High Level Date, Weak Shield, Closed 5 / Horizontal Die Crack DIME

 

 

 

112a

10a

L

0L

 

 Depression At Lower Shield, High Level Date / Horizontal Die Crack

 

 

 

112b

10

L.2

0L

 

 High Level Date / Partial Cud at (UNIT)ED, Horizontal Die Crack

   

 

113

11

M

-1B0

 

 Proof Die, High Level Date / Proof Die

 

 

 

114

12

N

-1L

 

 Date Furthest Left, High Date, Downward Slope / Perfect Die

   
 

115

13

O

0L

 

 Shattered Die at Stars 10 - 13 / Die Cracks

   
 
116

1

P

0R

   18 Touch Base, Very High Date, Downward Slope / DCr Tops of (UN)ITED    
 
117

4.2

Q

-1R

   Repunched 52, Die Cracks / Defects at (S)TATES AME(R)ICA    
 
118

14

R

-1B0

   Rim Cud Star 1, High Date / Cracked Reverse, Ribbon End & A(MERICA)    

Variety Vs. Denticle Ruler Cross Reference Table

Scarcity: This date is generally available in the lower circulated grades, but becomes semi-scarce in EF or better. 
In grades of EF or better, 1852 dimes are easier to locate than the tougher 1851 date. 
Updated Greer Rarity Ratings
Overall Rarity: G-VG R1, F-VF R2, EF-AU R3, MS R4-

                                Fortin Variety Rarity Estimates In VF - Mint State

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

101

R3

-

110

R3

-

102

R4

-

110a

R5+

50-100%

102a

R3

-

110b

R7

500-700%

103

R3

-

110c

R7+

600-800%

104

R5

50-100%

111

R4

-

105

R3

-

112

R3

-

105a

R5

50-100%

112a

R7

50-100%

105b

R6

100-200%

112b

R6

50-100%

106

R3

-

113

R8

-

107

R3

-

114

R4

-

108

R3

-

115

R5

50-100%

108a

R5

-

116

R3

-

109

R4

30-50%

117

R5

30-50%

     

118

R6

50-100%

Comments: 1852 dimes are typically well struck.  Many examples can be found with obverse and reverse die cracks 
suggesting high striking force during the minting process or possibly, the extended usage of dies. Another consideration 
could be weak die steel since at least two varieties are known with full cuds. Variety 110a is example of full cud.
With twelve business strike obverse dies identified, the average mintage per die is a reasonable 128,000 and does 
not explain the amount of cracked dies. I believe that certain dies saw higher production runs that others. 
Obverse 1 (18 Touches Base) and Obverse 4 (Repunched 52) are two examples. 

Ahwash suggested that "this date is rarer in all grades than its mintage would suggest" as a result of melting due to 
the high price of silver at the time. However, Greer indicates that "the melting has not impacted dimes nearly as much 
as the larger coins."  The author agrees with Greer as 1852 dimes appears as frequently as 1845 dimes, a date with a 
similar mintage.
   
  
                               Value As A Date (Coin World Trends/CoinValues

Grade

1963

1973

1983

1993

2003

2012

G

1.5

2.5

6

5.5

20

18

F

3.5

4.75

15

12.75

30

22

EF

-

15

55

35

50

50

MS60

17.5

110

355

230

300

300

MS63

-

-

-

765

800

750

 

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