1840 H10C No Drapery (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
4321
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
1,034,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC 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 1,000 R-5.0 4 / 6 59 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 4 / 6 TIE 63 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 3 / 6 53 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 300
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 6
60 or Better 4 / 6 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 6
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 59 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 63 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 53 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #4321 (MS) 68

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:3689, $5,875 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:4080, $6,462.50

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 10/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30187, $7,637.50

4 MS67 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:299, $14,100

4 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:5404 - Heritage 8/2015:3606, $5,999.55 - Heritage 1/2017:3731, $4,700

4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS67 estimated grade
10 MS66+ PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #4321 (MS) 68 
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

#2 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:3689, $5,875 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:4080, $6,462.50

#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 10/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30187, $7,637.50

#4 MS67 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:299, $14,100

#4 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:5404 - Heritage 8/2015:3606, $5,999.55 - Heritage 1/2017:3731, $4,700

#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 estimated grade
#10 MS66+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

1840 was a transitional year for half dimes. The earliest versions were of the No Drapery type, which lacked the fold of drapery under Liberty's left arm (viewer's right). Later versions showed a modified design, now with drapery, a redesigned rock, and an upright shield. Of the two versions, the No Drapery is easily the most common.

Close examination of the image shown above of the PCGS MS68 reveals a heavily cracked die which was about to break up into three larege chunks. These breaks are not universal to 1840 No Drapery Half Dimes, but they add interest to this date. Collectors will have little to no difficulty finding Mint State versions of this variety, as dozens have been certified in each of the MS62, MS63, and MS64 grades.