Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS obverse 1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The term Large Stars is misleading, as this is actually the one and only normal size for the obverse stars. An explanation of the "Small Stars" variety will be found in the following entry.

This issue had a very generous mintage for its time, and Mint State survivors are plentiful. Even gems are not particularly rare, though they are in great demand from both type collectors and half dime specialists. Most Mint State pieces were well struck, though die clash impressions are common, as well as deterioration of the dies, which is most visible in the form of blurry denticles.

The master hub for this coin type did not include stars until 1840, so these elements had to be punched by hand into each working die. Thus, their exact positions will vary slightly, and some will show repunching. These variations are not widely collected.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1838 LARGE STARS H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 24.00 30.00 45.00 95.00 175 200 220 250 290 320 375 490 775 1950 3250 7350 33500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 714
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/27/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2123, 2123/Lot# 1110 $380.80
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1263 $379.50
1/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5012 $593.40
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7688 $558.13
11/15/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34169 $329.00
3/28/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5206 $1,880.00
6/22/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202396 $30.00
8/10/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131433/Lot# 25038 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 LARGE H10C MS STARS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1838 LARGE H10C MS STARS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727694111155304366563620663725802856949110314772495312646948293899711471
7382100126205325432582634684751820887100012281816270536495894852898220
000000432582634684751820887100012281816270536495894852800
000000497601649704776838918105213522156291641717093876200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3126
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2495
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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