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

1800 H10C LIBEKTY (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

OBVERSE DETAIL

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
4265
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:
$152,750 • PCGS MS66 • 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 300 R-6.4 4 / 7 TIE 6 / 12 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 5 / 7 6 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 7 5 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately in 3/1994 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1011, $152,750

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:310, $44,000 - Heritage 8/2015:3981, $111,625

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:309, $37,400 - Heritage 8/2015:3980, $47,000 - Heritage 3/2016:4781, $45,825

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Half Dimes Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jay Parrino (The Mint), sold privately in 3/1994 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1011, $152,750

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Norweb Collection, Part I - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:310, $44,000 - Heritage 8/2015:3981, $111,625

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:309, $37,400 - Heritage 8/2015:3980, $47,000 - Heritage 3/2016:4781, $45,825

3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Dime Box Half Dimes Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 estimated grade  

Superior 5/1990:3552

7 MS64 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

7 MS64 PCGS grade

Tom Bender Collection

7 MS64 PCGS grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1800 LIBEKTY Half Dime was created when a defective punch was used for the R of LIBERTY.  This was most likely an exercise in frugality, as the Mint in 1800 was underfunded, over budget, and they used their dies and punches until they became completely unusable.  A similar situation occurred in 1796, when a defective B resulted in the LIKERTY variety.

40,000 Half Dimes were struck in 1800.  Of those, 16,000 have been attributed to the LIBEKTY variety and 24,000 to the "normal" date.  If this ratio were correct, one would expect the "normal" date to be 1.5 times as common as the LIBEKTY variety.  However, this is not the case, at least not according to the PCGS Population Report.  As of June 2011, PCGS reports having certified 256 of the "normal" date variety and only 50 of the LIBEKTY variety, thus making the LIBEKTY variety more than five times as rare as the "normal" date.  This is a fairly big difference that implies a flaw in the estimated mintage figures.  Current price guides value the two varieties almost exactly the same.

Mint State examples are very rare, with the highest population at the MS-64 level.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS-66.