1838 10C No Drapery, Large Stars AU58 Certification #21861235, PCGS #4568

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1838, 13 stars were added to the obverse of the Dime.  Each star was hand-punched into the die, thus the spacing and the placement of the stars is not uniform on individual varieties.  Intentional or not, one variety was created using star punches normally used on Half Dimes.  Appropriately named the "Small Stars" variety, this one can be "eyeballed" because the stars are smaller and more widely spaced than on the "Large Stars" varieties.  Also, the "Small Stars" variety is often found with a die crack connecting the stars on the left.  The "Small Stars" variety is roughly seven times rarer than the "Large Stars" variety.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

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 1250 R-4.9 7 / 7 90 / 122 TIE
All Grades 350 R-6.3 7 / 7 105 / 122
60 or Better 55 R-8.4 7 / 7 96 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade

Goldbergs 5/2011:728, $13,800

1 MS67 estimated grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98231, $5,405