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

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

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PCGS MS65

LARGE VS. SMALL STARS

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
4569
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:
$29,900 • NGC MS68 • 9-22-2010 • 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 500 R-6.0 3 / 7 57 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 3 / 7 54 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 4 / 7 53 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Bob Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3617 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98239, $25,850

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Gerry Fortin Liberty Seated Dime Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:5223, $3,965.63

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

Bob Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3617 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98239, $25,850

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Gerry Fortin Liberty Seated Dime Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:5223, $3,965.63

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated 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