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: $2.15 (5/10/2021)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS obverse 1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first emission of dimes from the Philadelphia Mint in 1838 bore stars applied with the small punch also used for half dimes. Whether this was a mistake or intentional is not known.

Perhaps a single punch was intended for both denominations until the coiners saw the result and determined that a larger punch was needed for dimes. In any case, the Small Stars obverse die began to fail fairly quickly, with the result that an estimated 30,000 pieces were made before it became unusable. This was paired with a reverse die that featured doubling of letter D in DIME. The die state with cracked obverse is a Top 100 variety.

This variety is scarce across all grades. Mint State pieces are seldom encountered, and gems are extremely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 50.00 75.00 175 275 375 450 500 640 735 835 950 1500 2500 4250 8750 18000 34000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 5/4/2021 1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--114473128-391214821---80
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Total--114473128-31012148311--83
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 SMALL STARS DDR 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base631632202885637748659741066113813211433154216582124275435454876654583381018812893
9618224338063380490110051090119913581469158118132334301839895432714389551109013538
000000901100510901199135814691581181323343018398954327143895500
000000938103511141260139615061619196925443281443259897740957100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1813
Owner: JTO
 
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