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

1803 H10C Small 8 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

Large 8 vs Small 8 comparison

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
4270
Diameter:
16.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
1.35 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
37,850
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$86,250 • NGC MS61 • 4-1-2009 • Heritage
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1,000
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 30 R-8.9 1 / 7 1 / 12
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 7 TIE 1 / 12 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 7 1 / 12
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Lester Merkin 9/1968:128 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2187, $86,250 - Larry Hanks (as agent) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1014, $49,937.50

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 estimated grade  
5 AU50 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Lester Merkin 9/1968:128 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2187, $86,250 - Larry Hanks (as agent) - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1014, $49,937.50

3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 estimated grade  
5 AU50 estimated grade  
6 XF45 PCGS grade  
6 XF45 PCGS grade  
8 XF40 PCGS grade  
8 XF40 PCGS grade  
10 VF30 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The Mint used only two obverse dies to strike Half Dimes in 1803: a Small 8 in the date, and a Large 8.  The difference between the two is immediately apparent by even a casual visual examination, but the best way to tell is by looking at the size of the 8 relative to the 1 of the date.  On the Small 8, the 8 is smaller in height than the 1 and on the large 8, the 8 is much taller than the 1.  Because of the rarity of the Small 8 variety (JR-1), you are most likely to run across a Large 8 variety (JR-2 or 3), but it is still important to check if you are not sure.