1839 10C No Drapery MS65 Certification #06617305, PCGS #4571

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 1,053,115
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

The plate coin is the earliest die state seen for Obverse 1. The 3 and 9 digits in the date show repunching. The 3 digit shows repunching below the lower loop while the 9 digit shows repunching within the upper and lower loops. Stars 5 and 6 are repunched while Star 11 shows repunching outside its star point facing Liberty. Obverse 1 is paired with Reverse A, which shows considerable wear around UNITED and AMERICA. There is a faint die crack from the wreath to AME(R)ICA. Evidence of die erosion can also be seen behind O(NE). Reverse A is rotated left 18 degrees.

Plate Coin: Fortin-101, Repunched 39 Digits, Fully Struck Gem with Original Blue, Gold and Rose Toning Throughout

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1839 Dime is a relatively common coin that can be found in most grades without too much difficulty, including in top condition.  In fact, the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes ten examples that are all MS67 or better.  Die variety collectors can choose from nine different varieties (as enumerated by researcher Gerry Fortin), including one die pair that was used to strike both Proofs and coins for circulation.  Among the most dramatic coins in the entire series of Liberty Seated Dimes is the 1839 "Pie-Shaped Shattered Obverse" Dime.  This extremely rare variety shows heavy die cracks that split the obverse into three triangular areas of almost equal size.

17.90 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
2.67 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 6 / 7 76 / 122 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 5 / 7 TIE 88 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 6 / 7 95 / 122

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
1 MS68 PCGS grade
3 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:6541, $9,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98220, $9,988

4 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection

4 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade