1838 H10C No Drapery, Small Stars MS62

PCGS#: 4318

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1838 Half Dime is found in two major varieties: Large Stars and Small Stars.  Actually, the Small Stars variety started out as a Large Stars die that was subsequently ground down to remove clashmarks, thus reducing the apparent size of the stars. 

Based on the PCGS Population Report, the Small Stars variety appears to be ten times as rare as the Large Stars.  Most of the Mint State examples certified by PCGS appear in the MS-63 and MS-64 grades.  The finest examnples certified by PCGS (as of April 2011) are two MS-65s.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,225,000 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 200 R-7.0 1 / 6 8 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 3 / 6 18 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 6 TIE 5 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade