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Coins Certified as of 8/25

1838 Mint Set with Gold

Number of Required Coins : 14

Current Finest Possible Set Rating : 66.485

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The year 1838 was an important one in the history of U.S. Numismatics. Three branch mints began operations that year; all in the South, and all three would be cease operations with the beginning of the Civil War. The discovery of gold in the Southeast led to the opening of mints in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dahlonega, Georgia. These two mints would strike Quarter and Half Eagles through 1861. The third mint, in New Orleans, was both more versatile and longer lived. It struck both Silver and Gold though 1861, and was then reopened in 1879 where it stuck coins for another thirty years. In addition to the opening of the branch mints, the design of the silver coinage was in transition as well. The Quarter appeared this year with both the earlier Capped Bust design as well as Gobrecht's new Liberty Seated Design. The Half Dimes and Dimes had switched to the Liberty Seated design the previous year, but experimentation was ongoing, with varieties with and without stars of the obverse, and with and without drapery still being tried. The Half Dollar still carried the older Capped Bust design. Of the silver coins, the 1838-O No Drapery coins are scarce in high grades. The newly opened Charlotte Mint struck 7,880 Classic Head Quarter Eagles this year, and they are tough in Mint State, with half a dozen pieces certified by PCGS in all MS grades. They command prices in the mid five figures today. Half Eagles were struck in both Charlotte and Dahlonega, as well as Philadelphia. The two branch issues are both in highly sought after being the only mintmarked coins of the entire type. Both are scarce in high grade, but the Charlotte issue much more so. Any mint state piece will bring a low to mid five figure price also. The Eagle returned to production after a 34 year hiatus, and a distinct head style was used for the 1838 (and some 1839) issues. Consequently it is quite popular and desirable, and a decent XF or AU will cross into the five figure range as well.

Notes: This set has bonuses. Please see the Set Composition for a listing.

All-Time Finest (All Eras)View PCGS Era
RankCollection% CompleteGPA WeightedGPA with Top Pop BonusesSet Rating
1 Louis Eliasberg Click to view Set Images 100.00%55.76
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 55.758
% Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 55.758
55.76
55.76
2 J.J. Pittman 78.57%54.00
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 54.000
% Complete 78.57%
Set Rating 42.545
54.00
42.55
3 The Norweb Family 92.86%46.82
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 46.821
% Complete 92.86%
Set Rating 39.727
46.82
39.73
4 Garrett Collection Click to view Set Images 78.57%50.70
Retired All-Time Finest
Rank 4
Weighted GPA 50.696
% Complete 78.57%
Set Rating 35.333
50.70
35.33
5 Helga 1838 Gold Click to Contact Owner 50.00%51.89 51.89 14.15
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Current Finest
RankCollection% CompleteGPA WeightedGPA with Top Pop BonusesSet Rating
1 Helga 1838 Gold Click to Contact Owner 50.00%51.89 51.89 14.15
2 Cool Coins Click to view Set Images 50.00%47.00 47.00 11.39
3 lostmountainman 50.00%35.50 35.50 08.61
4 Vinny Kid 7.14%2.00 2.00 00.06