1838 10C No Drapery, Small Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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LARGE VS. SMALL STARS

LARGE VS. SMALL STARS

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
4569
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
2.67 grams
Mintage:
1,992,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 60
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.4
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 7
60 or Better 3 / 7
65 or Better 4 / 7
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 54 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 53 / 122 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade

Gulf Coast Collection - Heritage 10/2001:5932, $12,075 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3617, $29,900 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98239, $25,850

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 11/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98229, $10,575 - Heritage 6/2016:4383, $9,988 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2017:2060, $10,575 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2004:5663, $5,060 - Gerry Fortin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:5223, $3,965.63

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 estimated grade

Gulf Coast Collection - Heritage 10/2001:5932, $12,075 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3617, $29,900 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98239, $25,850

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 11/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98229, $10,575 - Heritage 6/2016:4383, $9,988 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2017:2060, $10,575 - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2004:5663, $5,060 - Gerry Fortin Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:5223, $3,965.63

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
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