1838 H10C No Drapery, Large Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS #:
4317
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
2,225,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major 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 3,000 R-4.4 6 / 6 72 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 650 R-5.7 6 / 6 72 / 79
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 5 / 6 67 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 650
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-5.7
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 6
60 or Better 6 / 6
65 or Better 5 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 72 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 72 / 79
65 or Better 67 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  
	MS68 PCGS grade

James W. Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:661, $34,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry) - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS68 PCGS grade  
	MS68 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:297, $35,250 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2016:76, $37,600

2 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS67+ PCGS grade  
	MS67+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:850, $23,000 - Duffy Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1595, $37,375 - Larry Hanks, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5004, $28,200

6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
6 MS67 PCGS grade
 
	MS68 PCGS grade 
#1 MS68+ PCGS grade

James W. Lull Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:661, $34,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection - The Type Set Collection (Oliver Jung) (PCGS Set Registry) - D.L. Hansen Collection

 
	MS68 PCGS grade 
#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:297, $35,250 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 5/2016:76, $37,600

#2 MS68 PCGS grade
 
	MS67+ PCGS grade 
#4 MS67+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:850, $23,000 - Duffy Collection - Heritage 7/2008:1595, $37,375 - Larry Hanks, sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part V - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 3/2017:5004, $28,200

#6 MS67 PCGS grade
#6 MS67 PCGS grade
#6 MS67 PCGS grade
#6 MS67 PCGS grade
#6 MS67 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Mint engravers updated the design of the Half Dime in 1838 by adding stars to the obverse. By doing so, they matched the design with every other Seated Liberty design then in circulation with the exception of the Silver Dollar (which did not appear until 1840). Two major varieties appear in this year: the Large Stars and Small Stars. There is a marked difference in the sizes of the stars on the two varieties, and they can be seen best when the two varieties are laid side-by-side. Otherwise, an attribution guide, such as the images above, will be helpful. It is important to know the difference because the Small Stars is quite scarce in comparison to the Large Stars.

The 1838 Large Stars No Drapery Half Dime is fairly common, including in Mint State grades, where hundreds of examples have been certified. The best example certified by PCGS is an amazingly colorful PCGS MS68, one of the finest early Seated Liberty Half Dimes of any date.