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 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 PARTIAL DRAPERY 10C MS obverse 1838 PARTIAL DRAPERY 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The so-called Partial Drapery variety is not an actual variety but merely a die state in which the dies clashed. A deep impression of letter E in DIME created a raised band on subsequent coins in the area of Liberty's left elbow. These coins are moderately scarce a carry a premium that grows rapidly with each higher grade level. Gems are quite rare.

With the repunched date and die-clashed reverse, this is a Top 100 entry.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1838 PARTIAL DRAPERY 10C MS
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Base $ 30.00 40.00 80.00 225 355 390 420 515 845 1150 1250 1700 2250 3250 4900 7250 25500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1838 PARTIAL DRAPERY 10C MS
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Base-----11-122-1214232---22
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Total-----11-122-1214232---22
 -----5 %5 %-5 %9 %9 %-5 %9 %5 %18 %9 %14 %9 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/16/2002 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1529, 1529/Lot# 1193 $1,296.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3383 $6,325.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 7779 $305.50
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9445 $282.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1319 $2,585.00
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 7704 $734.38


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NGC Recognizes Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties

2/12/2014 — The NGC VarietyPlus service will recognize Liberty Seated Dime varieties listed in the online reference by researcher Gerry Fortin. Such varieties will receive an F-number attribution on their NGC certification label.
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