Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 377,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.6700g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.43 (2/22/2020)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 DRAPERY 10C MS obverse 1840 DRAPERY 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The final delivery of dimes for 1840 was made in 1840, and these featured an extensively revised interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure by Robert Ball Hughes. The one change that most stands out on casual observation is the addition of a thick drapery fold at Liberty's left elbow. Another important change was the addition of obverse stars to the new master hub, as the Engraving Department no longer had to add these tedious elements by hand to each working die.

The reverse was modified only slightly, the most obvious difference being that the buds on the wreath are henceforth open rather than closed.

Not surprisingly, given its smaller mintage, this subtype of the 1840 Philadelphia Mint dime is far more scarce than the No Drapery coins. This is especially true of Mint State examples, with gems being all but unknown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/13/2019

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1840 DRAPERY 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 98.00 120 190 520 735 825 1480 1950 2950 3925 4650 4650 11950 21500 40000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 24
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1840 DRAPERY 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---3541-122-22-1-1----24
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Total---3541-122-22-2-1----25
 ---12%20%16%4%-4%8%8%-8%8%-8%-4%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 DRAPERY 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237360423597116614331466153121092433298534163573369455537014884993079782102751110012360
27838148178712551444148817242217261731293468361343146040762690029465994610550115200
00000014881724221726173129346836134314604076269002946599461055000
000000150919162325280132723521365449336527823791549624101111082500
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 5553
Owner: Gerry Fortin
 
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