1837 H10C LM-1 Large 5C MS63 Certification #83064408, PCGS #38730

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Among the Capped Bust 1837 Half Dimes are two major varieties: Large 5 and Small 5.  Four die varieties comprise the Large 5 major variety.  Among those is the LM-1 variety, which is very common.  Most LM-1's show a die crack running from the obverse edge near 12:00 down through the cap.  One might think this was enough to retire the die, but there are numerous survivors with this inherent flaw.

The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census shows approximately eight different Mint State examples, and we suspect that a careful examinaton of auction records will reveal more.  To our knowledge, the PCGS MS66 1837 LM-1 from the Heritage 4/2010 auction (Lot 468) is the finest known example.

15.90 millimeters
William Kneass
1.35 grams
Metal Content
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
The United States of America
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2010:468, $7,475

2 MS65 estimated grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $3 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Part II - Heritage 11/2013:33057, $22,325

3 MS64 estimated grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2016:16104, $2,585 - Stack's/Bowers 10/2018:367, not sold

4 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade

KDM Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade