Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-63.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.33 (10/23/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS obverse 1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The first emission of dimes from the Philadelphia Mint in 1838 bore stars applied with the small punch also used for half dimes. Whether this was a mistake or intentional is not known.

Perhaps a single punch was intended for both denominations until the coiners saw the result and determined that a larger punch was needed for dimes. In any case, the Small Stars obverse die began to fail fairly quickly, with the result that an estimated 30,000 pieces were made before it became unusable. This was paired with a reverse die that featured doubling of letter D in DIME. The die state with cracked obverse is a Top 100 variety.

This variety is scarce across all grades. Mint State pieces are seldom encountered, and gems are extremely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS
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Base $ 27.00 37.00 55.00 95.00 205 205 350 390 480 625 725 825 975 1450 2550 6250 8750 18500 47500 - -
$ 240 380 430 525 660 800 900 1075 1600 2800 6900 9750 21000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 69
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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10/27/2014 MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98239


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11/20/1996 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0895, 895/Lot# 1277 $348.80
8/2/1997 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6144 $546.25
1/4/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244, 244/Lot# 6738 $1,495.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 567 $1,668.00
1/15/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 322, 328/Lot# 5535 $954.50
5/19/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131322/Lot# 26073 $223.25
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154898 $110.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5570 $82.25


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