Coins Certified as of 1/16

My Coin #-24828

1840 H10C Drapery MS65

PCGS#: 4326

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Nov '79 Price realized $5000

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1840, the design on the Half Dime underwent some major reworking to balance out the elements and give the "Liberty sitting on a rock" motif a more triangular appearance.  The bulge in the rock on the left side of the coin was lessened, the shield was moved into an upright position, and drapery was added underneath Liberty's arm on the right side of the coin.  Once these changes were made, the Mint struck additional half dimes in 1840, about a third less than the mintage of the 1840 No Drapery Half Dimes (the number of survivors certified by PCGS is approximately four times less, so the relative mintage figures appear accurate).

In Mint State, the 1840 With Drapery Half Dime is tough, but not overly so.  Mid-grade examples, such as MS64 are available...for a price.  Above MS64, this date becomes very rare.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS67.


Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 310,085 Weight: 1.34 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 19 / 36 TIE 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 14 / 36 TIE 23 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 10 / 36 TIE 16 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Richard B. Winsor - S.H & H. Chapman 12/1895 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:953 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30189

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade