Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 70,000
Catalog: KM-60
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.73 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1838 O H10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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1/23/2006 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20968 $1,437.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1267 $16,100.00
4/28/2010 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2845, 2845/Lot# 1515 $603.75
1/3/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10252 $345.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5317 $3,055.00
2/3/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7412 $411.25
3/31/2015 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32737 $616.88
4/22/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3728 $4,582.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 O H10C MS
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Base4845026429251477212424332834300933653545381741414290565671388601958810074105781142014356
4905497361109169322272567289231283425363639254191474561507626893097501024210859123990
000000256728923128342536363925419147456150762689309750102421085900
000000270029513246348537264033424052016644811392599912104101113900
1838 O H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4290
Owner: JTO
 
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