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: $0.91 (11/26/2020)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 SMALL STARS H10C MS obverse 1838 SMALL STARS H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

There was only single star punched used to apply stars to the obverse of 1838 half dimes, and this variety is actually just a late state of dies that originally had normal stars. Deep die clashing is evident above the bow on the reverse, and this clashing incident, combined with an obvious die crack on the obverse, prompted a severe refinishing of the obverse die. This action diminished several of the stars to the point where they are shallow and seemingly of smaller diameter.

This reduction of the stars did not occur in a single stage, and there are intermediate coins that reveal only partial diminishing of the stars. These are sometimes offered as the Small Stars variety, but it is only when the stars appear as they do in the example above that NGC will label a coin as Small Stars.

Though really a die state and not a true variety, this coin is popular with collectors and does carry a noticeable premium. Mint State examples are very scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/28/2019

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1838 SMALL STARS H10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 48.00 60.00 135 220 335 340 485 550 715 750 975 1175 1825 3625 5200 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
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: 11/24/2020 1838 SMALL STARS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---15233624-7651074----65
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Total---15233624-7651174----66
 ---2%8%3%5%5%9%3%6%-11%9%8%17%11%6%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 SMALL STARS H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3456310218339553966377784794510051036117913331505275435254431102811637126288
17517612925344358070180087996510151083123013901921301138276381123111967627602
000000580701800879965101510831230139019213011382763811231100
000000621739823912985102511311281144723373268412983311434100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3345
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1949
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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