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

1839-O H10C No Drapery (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
4320
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.34 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,034,039
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,450 • NGC MS67 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
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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 3 / 6 22 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 2 / 6 11 / 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 estimated grade  

Superior 1/2004:170 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98161, $16,450- Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3055

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
John Albanese, sold privately in 3/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98122, $7,050
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Superior 1/2004:170 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98161, $16,450- Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3055

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
John Albanese, sold privately in 3/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98122, $7,050
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1839-O Half Dime boasts a hefty mintage of over one million coins, yet among the early dates of this type, it remains a rarity in Mint State.  According to the PCGS Population Report (as of December 2011), the 1839-O Half Dime is only slightly less common than the 1838-O and the 1840-O, both of which have lower mintages (substantially so in the case of the 1838-O) and only incrementally smaller mintages in Mint State.

Among the Mint State 1839-O Half Dimes, MS-63 is the median grade.  In addition, PCGS has certified only four examples in MS-64, two in MS-65, and none finer.