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

1838 10C No Drapery, CA (Proof)


PR66CA estimated grade
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
PCGS #:
84721
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$164,500 • NGC PR67 • 10-18-2012 • Heritage
 
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66CAM estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3017, $161,000 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 10/2012:3937, $164,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98285, $164,500

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66CAM estimated grade  

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 1/2008:3017, $161,000 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 10/2012:3937, $164,500 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98285, $164,500

Ron Guth: The Proof 1838 No Drapery, Large Stars Dime is exceedingly rare -- in fact, it may be unique.  Breen lists two old appearances -- one from 1946, the other from 1963 -- but neither coin was plated in the sales cited by him.  The only example to appear in modern times is an NGC PR67CAM formerly owned by Phil Kaufman (who put together and incredible collection of Seated Liberty Proof coin), then by Eugene Gardner.  In it's three auction appearances over a six year period, this single coin realized a price in the $160,000 range each time.  

It seems unlikely that Mint employees struck only one Proof of this date, but until another example appears on the market, this is the only one available to collectors.