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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dimes 1796-1805
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1800 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
4264
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
40,000
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$381,875 • PCGS MS68 • 5-19-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 750 R-5.5 7 / 7 12 / 12
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 6 / 7 11 / 12
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 4 / 7 8 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:308, $70,400 - Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1010, $381,875

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:308, $70,400 - Knoxville Collection - Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1010, $381,875

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 estimated grade  
9 MS64+ PCGS grade
10 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11289, $21,850

Ron Guth: The 1800 Half Dime is easily the most common date of the 1796-1805 era, although "common" is strictly a relative term.  PCGS has certified over four dozen Mint State examples of this date, including one example in MS68, the single finest example of a pre-1805 Half Dime.  MS63 and MS64 grades seem to be the Mint State grades seen most frequently, though they are all extremely desirable and valuable.  Most examples show a fairly straightforward strike, though some weakness at the outer borders is sometimes noted.  The tip of the bust and the corresponding area in the clouds on the reverse may also show weakness.  At the high end, eye appeal has a lot to do with the final grade, as some coins are simply mnore remarkable than others, though none are perfect because of the technical limitations of the time.