Coins Certified as of 1/22

My Coin #06666562

1840-O H10C No Drapery MS64

PCGS#: 4322

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1840-O No Drapery Half Dime is considerably more rare than the mintage indicates.  No other date in the No Drapery Half Dime series is harder to find in Mint State (the closest competitor for that distinction is a fellow O-Mint half dime, the 1839-O).  Perhaps the cause of this can be laid at the feet of the New Orleans Mint.  What few collectors existed in America in 1840 cared little for mintmarks, so the vast majority of the coins went into (and stayed in) circulation.  Fortunately, a few Mint State examples were saved, but their number is tiny, probably on the order of less than two dozen total, and the finest of those is no better than MS64.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 695,000 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 250 R-6.6 2 / 6 14 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 1 / 6 6 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 6 1 / 79

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  

John Hamrick, sold privately in 4/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30188

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade