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: $0.57 (9/2/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 7/10/2015

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1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 23.00 27.00 38.00 80.00 175 200 220 250 320 375 475 775 1950 3250 8000 33500 - -
$ 100.00 185 210 230 265 345 400 575 1175 2400 4250 13000 38500

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 697
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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9/20/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3364


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2/3/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #100, 100/Lot# 120 $632.50
2/3/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 172 $935.00
3/22/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1286, 1286/Lot# 1254 $283.40
7/30/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 15 $1,955.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1954 $920.00
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 879 $357.00
1/6/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 83845 $221.10
1/4/2015 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1070 $300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727694111155304366563620663725802856949110314772495312646948293899711471
7382100126205325432582634684751820887100012281816270536495894852898220
000000432582634684751820887100012281816270536495894852800
000000497601649704776838918105213522156291641717093876200
1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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