1800 H10C LIBEKTY (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
4265
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Weight:
1.35 grams
Mintage:
40,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 4 / 7 TIE 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 5 / 7 6 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 7 5 / 12
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 20
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 7 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 7
65 or Better 3 / 7
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 6 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately in 3/1994 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1011, $152,750

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:310, $44,000 - Heritage 8/2015:3981, $111,625

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:309, $37,400 - Heritage 8/2015:3980, $47,000 - Heritage 3/2016:4781, $45,825

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Half Dimes Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 5/1990:3552

7 MS64 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

7 MS64 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately in 3/1994 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1011, $152,750

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:310, $44,000 - Heritage 8/2015:3981, $111,625

#3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:309, $37,400 - Heritage 8/2015:3980, $47,000 - Heritage 3/2016:4781, $45,825

#3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Half Dimes Collection

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 estimated grade

Superior 5/1990:3552

#7 MS64 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#7 MS64 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1800 LIBEKTY Half Dime was created when a defective punch was used for the R of LIBERTY. This was most likely an exercise in frugality, as the Mint in 1800 was underfunded, over budget, and they used their dies and punches until they became completely unusable. A similar situation occurred in 1796, when a defective B resulted in the LIKERTY variety.

40,000 Half Dimes were struck in 1800. Of those, 16,000 have been attributed to the LIBEKTY variety and 24,000 to the "normal" date. If this ratio were correct, one would expect the "normal" date to be 1.5 times as common as the LIBEKTY variety. However, this is not the case, at least not according to the PCGS Population Report. As of June 2011, PCGS reports having certified 256 of the "normal" date variety and only 50 of the LIBEKTY variety, thus making the LIBEKTY variety more than five times as rare as the "normal" date. This is a fairly big difference that implies a flaw in the estimated mintage figures. Current price guides value the two varieties almost exactly the same.

Mint State examples are very rare, with the highest population at the MS-64 level. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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