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: $1.19 (3/18/2019)
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: 2/15/2019

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1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.70 29.90 55.60 102 167 259 279 329 375 416 497 684 912 1720 3240 5900 17500 45000 - -
$ - - 285 335 - - - - - 1850 3500 8800 22500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 396
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: 3/18/2019 1838 LARGE STARS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3-4320916691758216423772432982--396
---------------1------1
-----------------12---3
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Total3-43209166917582164237734330102--400
 1 %-1 %1 %5 %2 %4 %2 %2 %4 %15 %1 %4 %11 %9 %18 %11 %8 %3 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/1997 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 0979, 979/Lot# 1207 $218.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 453 $4,370.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7443 $373.75
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3320 $977.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3902 $2,115.00
6/29/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 197617 $365.00
7/13/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 56 $300.00
11/9/2015 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24882 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 LARGE 10C MS STARS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76819813522052756370575479389197410811321159420483057414163249234999712664
7887110163322539610721767826919101011611412174523843418486972949488108860
00000061072176782691910101161141217452384341848697294948800
00000065873878085894610451241150318972721378055968264974300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3057
Owner: yuylsworld
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1594
Owner: SJDI
 
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