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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1838 10C No Drapery, Large Stars (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

LARGE VS. SMALL STARS

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4568
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,992,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • PCGS MS67 • 7-1-2008 • 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 1,250 R-4.9 7 / 7 90 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 7 / 7 105 / 122
65 or Better 55 R-8.4 7 / 7 96 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  

Goldbergs 5/2011:728, $13,800

1 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98231, $5,405

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  

Goldbergs 5/2011:728, $13,800

1 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 11/2001 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98231, $5,405

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2010:3423 - Jim O'Neal Collection of U.S. Type, Part One - Heritage 4/2014:4105, $9,987.50

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 2/2007:2873, $4,600

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1838, 13 stars were added to the obverse of the Dime.  Each star was hand-punched into the die, thus the spacing and the placement of the stars is not uniform on individual varieties.  Intentional or not, one variety was created using star punches normally used on Half Dimes.  Appropriately named the "Small Stars" variety, this one can be "eyeballed" because the stars are smaller and more widely spaced than on the "Large Stars" varieties.  Also, the "Small Stars" variety is often found with a die crack connecting the stars on the left.  The "Small Stars" variety is roughly seven times rarer than the "Large Stars" variety.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen