1838 H10C No Drapery, Small Stars AU58 Certification #33682497, PCGS #4318

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
4318
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
15.90 millimeters
Weight
1.34 grams
Mintage
2225000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
45
Pop Lower
68
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 6 8 / 79 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 3 / 6 18 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 6 TIE 5 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 200
All Grades 50
60 or Better 3
65 or Better R-7.0
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better 1 / 6
All Grades 3 / 6
60 or Better 1 / 6 TIE
65 or Better 8 / 79 TIE
All Grades 18 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 79 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade
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