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

1839 10C No Drapery (Proof)


PCGS PR62
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
PCGS #:
4722
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • NGC PR66 • 4-1-2008 • Heritage
 
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3 R-9.8 1 / 3 TIE 2 / 58 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 1 / 3 TIE 2 / 58 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 3 TIE 1 / 58 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 estimated grade  

Stack's 8/1976:816 - Allen F. Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:184 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 4/2008:2374, $74,750 - Greensboro Collection, Part I - Heritage 10/2012:3938, $35,250 - Heritage 4/2013:4187, $36,718.75

2 PR64 PCGS grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1114, $13,750 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:103, $13,800 - Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1234, $17,250 - Stack's 11/2008:3336 $50,000 - Stack's 7/2009:382, $60,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98261, $28,200

3 PR62 PCGS grade  

Kamal Ahwash Estate - Jascha Heifetz Collection - Superior 10/1989:3546, $10,450 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:102, $40,250

5 PR60 estimated grade  

Heritage 7/2008:1613, $8,050

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 estimated grade  

Stack's 8/1976:816 - Allen F. Lovejoy Collection - Stack's 10/1990:184 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 4/2008:2374, $74,750 - Greensboro Collection, Part I - Heritage 10/2012:3938, $35,250 - Heritage 4/2013:4187, $36,718.75

2 PR64 PCGS grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1114, $13,750 - Bowers & Merena 8/1999:103, $13,800 - Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 3/2005:1234, $17,250 - Stack's 11/2008:3336 $50,000 - Stack's 7/2009:382, $60,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98261, $28,200

3 PR62 PCGS grade  

Kamal Ahwash Estate - Jascha Heifetz Collection - Superior 10/1989:3546, $10,450 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:102, $40,250

5 PR60 estimated grade  

Heritage 7/2008:1613, $8,050

Ron Guth: Only five or six different 1839 No Drapery Dimes are known in Proof.  Of those, two or three sit at the PR62 level and the best is the NGC PR66 from the Lovejoy and Kaufman collections.  No Cameo or Deep Cameo examples are known.

Researcher Jerry Fortin noted that two die pairs (Fortin 105 and Fortin 106) were used to strike Proofs.  Purported Proofs from any other die pair should be suspect (for instance, the Fortin-109 attribution in the Heritage 5/2008 auction, lot 102 was an error).  According to Fortin, the die pairs used to strike the Proofs were later used to strike coins for circulation, which is a rather rare situation for these early Proof coins.  Usually, the Proof dies were reserved only for striking Proof coins.