Owner's Comments

Mintage: Unknown

A single 1838 obverse die was clashed during its life resulting in the transfer of reverse wreath details to the area below Libertys right arm. This die clash was first attributed as partial drapery and the designation has remained popular with date and variety collectors.

Plate Coin: Fortin-108a, A Near-Gem That Boasts Copper-Gray and Light Green Patina.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The term "Partial Drapery" as applied to 1838 Dimes is a mis-nomer.  In actuality, there is no drapery whatsoever under Liberty's left elbow (viewer's right).  It was not until 1840 that drapery was added to the front of the Dimes, so there is no such thing as drapery that was once there but which was subsequently polished out of the dies.  Instead, what one sees is a clashmark from a portion of the E of DIME from the reverse.  

This clashmark (or "partial drapery") is seen on only two die varieties of the year: Fortin-108a and Fortin-109.  

High grade examples of the 1838 Partial Drapery Dimes are rare and highly prized.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes coins in grades from MS65 to MS67 (the latter being a single PCGS MS67 from the Eugene Gardner collection).

17.90 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
2.67 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 7 5 / 122 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 1 / 7 35 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 2 / 7 TIE 36 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately in 6/2003 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:38 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98241, $23,500

2 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob Simpson Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade