1838 10C No Drapery, Small Stars MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -31961
PCGS#: 4569

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex. Bluestone (1943) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $3740

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1838, 13 stars were added to the obverse of the Dime.  Each star was hand-punched into the die, thus the spacing and the placement of the stars is not uniform on individual varieties.  Intentional or not, one variety was created using star punches normally used on Half Dimes.  Appropriately named the "Small Stars" variety, this one can be "eyeballed" because the stars are smaller and more widely spaced than on the "Large Stars" varieties.  Also, the "Small Stars" variety is often found with a die crack connecting the stars on the left.  The "Small Stars" variety is roughly seven times rarer than the "Large Stars" variety.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,992,500 Weight: 2.67 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 500 R-6.0 3 / 7 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 3 / 7 54 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 4 / 7 53 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade