Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 70,000
Catalog: KM-60
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.76 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 O H10C MS obverse 1838 O H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It's not certain whether the 1838 O half dimes were coined in that year or early in 1839, and it's likely that production was spread over both years. Even though the Philadelphia Mint half dime dies had been retrofitted with hand punched stars months earlier, no replacement obverse dies were sent to New Orleans, which proceeded to use its original allotment of starless dies.

The low mintage of this issue, combined with New Orleans' great distance from the centers of art and culture, precluded collectors from saving Mint State examples of the 1838 O half dime. It is thus quite rare unworn, and even heavily worn pieces are scarce enough to command a good premium.

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Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1838 O H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 161 219 305 750 1200 1200 1650 2220 3090 4050 4680 5840 6410 11090 20310 36880 48130 - - - -
$ 1320 1820 2440 3300 4400 5100 6300 6900 12000 21900 39800 52000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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1/6/1996 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Signature Sale #149, 149/Lot# 5266 $1,485.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1267 $16,100.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7792 $546.25
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2488 $1,527.50
9/30/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3355, 3355/Lot# 1648 $1,782.50
11/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8149 $528.75
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1642 $3,055.00
2/27/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7359 $587.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 O H10C MS
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Base42352966182914501886204822332597305234673704409242645385686185911466223200111
4585737171036159519402109235427483190354638334149463758777437106141750823200110
0000002109235427483190354638334149463758777437106141750823200100
0000002171247529003328362539624206501163698014126382035423200100
1838 O H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: VG Details
Points: 331
Owner: B.L. Birdy
 
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