1840 H10C No Drapery MS68

CERTIFICATION#: 90111713
PCGS#: 4321

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1840 was a transitional year for half dimes.  The earliest versions were of the No Drapery type, which lacked the fold of drapery under Liberty's left arm (viewer's right).  Later versions showed a modified design, now with drapery, a redesigned rock, and an upright shield.  Of the two versions, the No Drapery is easily the most common. 

Close examination of the image shown above of the PCGS MS68 reveals a heavily cracked die which was about to break up into three larege chunks.  These breaks are not universal to 1840 No Drapery Half Dimes, but they add interest to this date.  Collectors will have little to no difficulty finding Mint State versions of this variety, as dozens have been certified in each of the MS62, MS63, and MS64 grades.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,034,000 Weight: 1.34 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
25
2
19
3
15
4
22
6
23
8
27
10
29
1
12
35
15
39
20
45
1
25
50
4
30
55
2
45+
135
50+
180
53+
195
55+
210
58+
265
1
62+
410
63+
550
64+
1,250
1
65+
2,500
66+
5,000
67+
12,500
68
32,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 4 / 6 59 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 4 / 6 TIE 63 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 3 / 6 53 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade