1803 H10C Small 8 (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

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Large 8 vs Small 8 comparison

Large 8 vs Small 8 comparison

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
4270
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Weight:
1.35 grams
Mintage:
37,850
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 30 R-8.9 1 / 7 1 / 12
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 7 TIE 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 7 1 / 12
Survival Estimate
All Grades 30
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 7
60 or Better 1 / 7 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 7
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 12
60 or Better 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 12

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Neil Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1947:1520 - Harold S. Bareford Collection - Stack's 10/1981:36 - Stack's, sold privately in 8/1985 - Stack's 1/2002:1104, $7,762.50 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 AU58 PCGS grade

Lester Merkin 9/1968:128 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2187, $86,250 - Larry Hanks (as agent) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1014, $49,937.50

3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 estimated grade
Logan-McCloskey Plate Coin
 
Bowers & Merena 11/1990:159
5 AU50 estimated grade
6 XF45 PCGS grade

Stack's 7/2009:270, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98172, $9,693.75

6 XF45 PCGS grade
8 XF40 PCGS grade

4% clipped planchet

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:1934, $4,887.50

8 XF40 PCGS grade
10 VF30 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

Neil Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1947:1520 - Harold S. Bareford Collection - Stack's 10/1981:36 - Stack's, sold privately in 8/1985 - Stack's 1/2002:1104, $7,762.50 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#2 AU58 PCGS grade

Lester Merkin 9/1968:128 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2187, $86,250 - Larry Hanks (as agent) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1014, $49,937.50

#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 estimated grade
Logan-McCloskey Plate Coin
 
Bowers & Merena 11/1990:159
#5 AU50 estimated grade
#6 XF45 PCGS grade

Stack's 7/2009:270, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98172, $9,693.75

#6 XF45 PCGS grade
#8 XF40 PCGS grade

4% clipped planchet

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:1934, $4,887.50

#8 XF40 PCGS grade
#10 VF30 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Mint used only two obverse dies to strike Half Dimes in 1803: a Small 8 in the date, and a Large 8. The difference between the two is immediately apparent by even a casual visual examination, but the best way to tell is by looking at the size of the 8 relative to the 1 of the date. On the Small 8, the 8 is smaller in height than the 1 and on the large 8, the 8 is much taller than the 1. Because of the rarity of the Small 8 variety (JR-1), you are most likely to run across a Large 8 variety (JR-2 or 3), but it is still important to check if you are not sure.