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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1838 H10C No Drapery, Small Stars (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
4318
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.34 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,225,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$4,400 • MS64 • 10-1-1997 • David Akers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 200 R-7.0 1 / 6 8 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 3 / 6 18 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 6 TIE 5 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Heritage 11/2006:464 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98120, $3,290

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Heritage 11/2006:464 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98120, $3,290

3 MS65 estimated grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:947 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:1476, $1,955

3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 5/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98183, $3,290

8 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1838 Half Dime is found in two major varieties: Large Stars and Small Stars.  Actually, the Small Stars variety started out as a Large Stars die that was subsequently ground down to remove clashmarks, thus reducing the apparent size of the stars. 

Based on the PCGS Population Report, the Small Stars variety appears to be ten times as rare as the Large Stars.  Most of the Mint State examples certified by PCGS appear in the MS-63 and MS-64 grades.  The finest examnples certified by PCGS (as of April 2011) are two MS-65s.