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: $0.62 (3/6/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1838 O H10C MS
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Base $ 150 210 360 775 1500 1500 2650 3000 3800 4250 5000 6000 6500 12500 22500 37000 50000 - - - -
$ 1950 2950 3400 4100 4750 5500 6400 7500 15000 25000 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 40
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/7/2003 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5916 $12,650.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1267 $16,100.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3391 $6,325.00
12/12/2011 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3188, 3188/Lot# 1785 $260.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1272 $4,456.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1273 $4,743.75
12/5/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4488 $2,350.00
2/3/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7412 $411.25


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: MS 62
Points: 4264
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 2233
Owner: JTO
 
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