Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.6700g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.31 (11/11/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS obverse 1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Nearly two million dimes were coined at the Philadelphia Mint in 1838, and all of these had an arc of stars on the obverse. Since this feature was not included on the master hub created in 1837, the stars had to be hand-punched into each working die. Thus, there relative positions will vary (note how the first three stars at left are crowded together on the illustrated example).

The Large Stars variety is not a variety at all; instead it represents the normal configuration for 1838 dimes and is labeled in this manner solely to distinguish these coins from the scarce Small Stars issue. Examples are common across all grades through gem Mint State, this being the result of both a high mintage and the novelty of the stars prompting many to save them as souvenirs.

A minor doubled-die reverse variety is known, this die being transitional with the earlier emission of Small Stars dimes. This date is rich in cracked die states, and these are included within the Top 100.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 30.00 55.00 110 175 285 300 365 420 435 500 550 1000 1500 2500 4750 15000 39500 - -
$ - - 310 375 - - - - - 1850 3000 8800 19500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 401
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/5/2019 1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3-5320916691860216433772432982--401
---------------1------1
-----------------12---3
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Total3-53209166918602164337734330102--405
 1 %-1 %1 %5 %2 %4 %1 %2 %4 %15 %0 %4 %11 %9 %18 %11 %7 %2 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/14/1996 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0867, 867/Lot# 1292 $348.80
5/29/2011 NGC MS 68   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 728 $13,800.00
10/24/2011 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 630, 637/Lot# 1112 $253.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10286 $632.50
11/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1191/Lot# 3294 $900.05
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202397 $25.00
6/28/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3533, 6112/Lot# 20369 $282.00
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 7703 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base591021232203955636637938209331021104411381206170721242754373060898809999712664
731091552784515967068028589621029107511611373184623343079451669969205108860
000000706802858962102910751161137318462334307945166996920500
000000750811895992103611071183154019852544340553037902960100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: yuylsworld
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1707
Owner: SJDI
 
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