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1838 H10C No Drapery, Small Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
4318
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
2,225,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 1 / 6 8 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 3 / 6 18 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 6 TIE 5 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 200
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 6
60 or Better 3 / 6
65 or Better 1 / 6 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 8 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade

Heritage 11/2006:464 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98120, $3,290

3 MS65 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:947 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:1476, $1,955

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 5/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98183, $3,290

8 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #4318 (MS)     64
8 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS65+ PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade

Heritage 11/2006:464 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98120, $3,290

#3 MS65 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:947 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:1476, $1,955

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 5/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98183, $3,290

PCGS #4318 (MS)     64 #8 MS64 PCGS grade
#8 MS64 PCGS grade
#8 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1838 Half Dime is found in two major varieties: Large Stars and Small Stars. Actually, the Small Stars variety started out as a Large Stars die that was subsequently ground down to remove clashmarks, thus reducing the apparent size of the stars.

Based on the PCGS Population Report, the Small Stars variety appears to be ten times as rare as the Large Stars. Most of the Mint State examples certified by PCGS appear in the MS-63 and MS-64 grades. The finest examnples certified by PCGS (as of April 2011) are two MS-65s.