Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 70,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/7/2021)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 O H10C MS obverse 1838 O H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

It's not certain whether the 1838 O half dimes were coined in that year or early in 1839, and it's likely that production was spread over both years. Even though the Philadelphia Mint half dime dies had been retrofitted with hand punched stars months earlier, no replacement obverse dies were sent to New Orleans, which proceeded to use its original allotment of starless dies.

The low mintage of this issue, combined with New Orleans' great distance from the centers of art and culture, precluded collectors from saving Mint State examples of the 1838 O half dime. It is thus quite rare unworn, and even heavily worn pieces are scarce enough to command a good premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/28/2019

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1838 O H10C MS
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Base $ 200 335 390 1250 1850 2875 3100 4200 4550 4900 5625 6875 11750 21000 33000 48500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7500 13000 23000 - 61000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 48
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1838 O H10C MS
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Base-2445525162-15231-----48
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Total-2445525162-15231-----48
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 O H10C MS PL
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1838 O H10C MS
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Base4845026429251477212424332834300933653545381741414290565671388601958810074105781142014356
49054973611091693222725672892312834253636392541914745615076268930975010242108591239915074
000000256728923128342536363925419147456150762689309750102421085900
000000270029513246348537264033424052016644811392599912104101113900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: JTO
 
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