1840 H10C Drapery (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
4326
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
310,085
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% 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 400 R-6.2 19 / 36 TIE 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 14 / 36 TIE 23 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 10 / 36 TIE 16 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 75
65 or Better 8
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 36 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 36 TIE
65 or Better 10 / 36 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Richard B. Winsor - S.H & H. Chapman 12/1895 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:953 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30189

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3607, $1,762.50

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Richard B. Winsor - S.H & H. Chapman 12/1895 - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:953 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30189

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3607, $1,762.50

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

In 1840, the design on the Half Dime underwent some major reworking to balance out the elements and give the "Liberty sitting on a rock" motif a more triangular appearance. The bulge in the rock on the left side of the coin was lessened, the shield was moved into an upright position, and drapery was added underneath Liberty's arm on the right side of the coin. Once these changes were made, the Mint struck additional half dimes in 1840, about a third less than the mintage of the 1840 No Drapery Half Dimes (the number of survivors certified by PCGS is approximately four times less, so the relative mintage figures appear accurate).

In Mint State, the 1840 With Drapery Half Dime is tough, but not overly so. Mid-grade examples, such as MS64 are available...for a price. Above MS64, this date becomes very rare. The finest example is a single PCGS MS67.