1840-O H10C Drapery (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS #:
4327
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.34 grams
Mintage:
240,000
Mint:
New Orleans
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 100 R-8.0 1 / 36 2 / 79
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 36 TIE 2 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 36 1 / 79
Survival Estimate
All Grades 100
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 36
60 or Better 1 / 36 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 36
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 79
60 or Better 2 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 79

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30190 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:36, $23,500 - Heritage 2/2015:3053, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:77, $31,725 - Heritage 6/2016:4367, $25,850

2 MS62+ PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade PCGS #4327 (MS)     62
3 MS62 estimated grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 estimated grade
5 AU58 estimated grade
5 AU58 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30190 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:36, $23,500 - Heritage 2/2015:3053, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:77, $31,725 - Heritage 6/2016:4367, $25,850

#2 MS62+ PCGS grade
PCGS #4327 (MS)     62 #3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 estimated grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 estimated grade
#5 AU58 estimated grade
#5 AU58 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1840 Half Dime with Drapery has the lowest mintage of any of the Half Dime varieties of 1840. Understandably, it is also the rarest and most valuable. In Mint State, this major variety is extremely rare, with only three examples recorded in the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census. Even then, the finest example is only MS63. In fact, the 1840-O Half Dime with Drapery, per the PCGS Population Report, has the lowest population in all grades than every other date, with the exception of the unique 1870-S. Even the vaunted 1844-O shows nearly twice as many examples.

The strike characteristics for the 1840-O Half Dime with Drapery include weakness on the upper left wreath and, sometimes, on the obverse denticles. However, in this case, the rarity of the date trumps our normal advice to seek out a fully struck example. Take whatever you can get.