1838 Mint Set

Number of
Required Items
8
Current Finest
Possible Set Rating
68.469
The year 1838 was an important one in the history of U.S. Numismatics. Three branch mints began operations that year; all in the South, and all three would be cease operations with the beginning of the Civil War. The discovery of gold in the Southeast led to the opening of mints in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dahlonega, Georgia. These two mints would strike Quarter and Half Eagles through 1861. The third mint, in New Orleans, was both more versatile and longer lived. It struck both Silver and Gold though 1861, and was then reopened in 1879 where it stuck coins for another thirty years. In addition to the opening of the branch mints, the design of the silver coinage was in transition as well. The Quarter appeared this year with both the earlier Capped Bust design as well as Gobrecht's new Liberty Seated Design. The Half Dimes and Dimes had switched to the Liberty Seated design the previous year, but experimentation was ongoing, with varieties with and without stars of the obverse, and with and without drapery still being tried. The Half Dollar still carried the older Capped Bust design. Of the silver coins, the 1838-O No Drapery coins are scarce in high grades.

Notes: This set has bonuses. Please see the Set Composition for a listing.

All-Time Finest (All Eras)

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 D. L. Hansen 1838 Mint Set UPDATED 100.00% 65.22 65.34 65.34
D.
2 The Norweb Family 100.00% 55.19 R 55.19 55.19
3 Garrett Collection 100.00% 53.19 R 53.19 53.19
4 Louis Eliasberg 100.00% 52.75 R 53.00 53.00
5 Waldo Newcomer 100.00% 40.88 R 40.88 40.88

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Current Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 D. L. Hansen 1838 Mint Set UPDATED 100.00% 65.22 65.34 65.34
D.
2 Helga 1838 87.50% 51.83 51.83 38.88
3 lostmountainman 100.00% 36.75 36.75 36.75
4 Link Early American 1838 Mint Set 50.00% 65.83 66.83 25.06
5 [email protected] 50.00% 45.14 45.14 19.75
6 jaenfield 12.50% 30.00 30.00 03.75
7 TigersFan 12.50% 20.00 20.00 02.50
8 Vinny Kid 25.00% 2.00 2.00 00.38