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: $0.68 (10/23/2019)
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: 5/31/2019

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1838 O H10C MS
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Base $ 200 335 520 1260 2450 2875 3125 4200 4550 4900 5625 6875 11900 19400 33000 48500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7500 13000 23000 - 61000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1838 O H10C MS
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Base-2435515162-15231-----46
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Total-2435515162-15231-----46
 -4 %9 %7 %11 %11 %2 %11 %2 %13 %4 %-2 %11 %4 %7 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Price
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1267 $16,100.00
7/21/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2893, 2893/Lot# 1243 $149.50
1/23/2011 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211021/Lot# 20095 $138.00
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2488 $1,527.50
4/27/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3187 $1,997.50
6/5/2019 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131924/Lot# 25360 $192.00
8/28/2019 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131936/Lot# 21079 $324.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 H10C MS O Prooflike
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1838 H10C MS O
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Base4845026429251477212424332834300933653545381741414290565671388601958810074105781142014356
4905497361109169322272567289231283425363639254191474561507626893097501024210859123990
000000256728923128342536363925419147456150762689309750102421085900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: JTO
 
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