1838-O H10C MS62 Certification #06614466, PCGS #4314

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1838, its first year of operation, the New Orleans Mint produced only Half Dimes for circulation (the ultra-rare 1838-O Half Dollars were only struck as Proofs).  Though this fact adds little to the value or desirability of this date, it is an interesting reflection on the capabilities of the New Orleans Mint during its early years.

The 1838-O Half Dime has a relatively low mintage.  The scarcity of this date really shows up in the PCGS Population report.  Of the 57 examples certified in all grades by PCGS (as of June 2011), only 15 are Mint State.  Almost 1,000 examples have been certified of the 1837 No Stars Half Dime (including both varieties).  Of the Mint State 1838-O Half Dimes, most grade only MS-62.  Only one example, a splendid MS-66 has been graded finer than MS-64 by PCGS.  Thus, the Condition Census for this date ranges from a low of MS-63 to a high of MS-66.

PCGS #
4314
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
15.90 millimeters
Weight
1.34 grams
Mintage
70000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
9
Pop Lower
108
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 / 3 8 / 79 TIE
All Grades 20 R-9.1 1 / 3 6 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 3 4 / 79
65 or Better 200
All Grades 20
60 or Better 2
65 or Better R-7.0
All Grades R-9.1
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better 1 / 3
All Grades 1 / 3
60 or Better 1 / 3
65 or Better 8 / 79 TIE
All Grades 6 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 79

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade PCGS #4314 (MS)     64
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS64+ PCGS grade #2 MS64+ PCGS grade
PCGS #4314 (MS)     64 #3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade