Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,225,000
Catalog: KM-62.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.76 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS obverse 1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The term Large Stars is misleading, as this is actually the one and only normal size for the obverse stars. An explanation of the "Small Stars" variety will be found in the following entry.

This issue had a very generous mintage for its time, and Mint State survivors are plentiful. Even gems are not particularly rare, though they are in great demand from both type collectors and half dime specialists. Most Mint State pieces were well struck, though die clash impressions are common, as well as deterioration of the dies, which is most visible in the form of blurry denticles.

The master hub for this coin type did not include stars until 1840, so these elements had to be punched by hand into each working die. Thus, their exact positions will vary slightly, and some will show repunching. These variations are not widely collected.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.40 20.70 23.00 32.20 75.90 75.90 150 168 198 222 270 300 348 390 750 1840 2750 7030 21880 - -
$ 85.00 168 188 220 240 300 330 380 430 830 2020 3000 7600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 687
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4058
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4057


Auction Prices Realized

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6/2/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #136, 136/Lot# 111 $1,100.00
2/12/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0814, 814/Lot# 248 $1,134.00
8/7/2000 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 6828 $212.75
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 803 $2,300.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1263 $379.50
2/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 588 $862.50
10/6/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 625, 632/Lot# 6538 $1,656.00
1/6/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 83845 $221.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6372859413129236650254661566776482090597414502362300944398909146621
6676881061843164115165696326997828489281132175425773485592910826146620
000000411516569632699782848928113217542577348559291082600
000000456531592649731801876951129120582793396274191274400
1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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