Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 310,085
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $1.08 (5/16/2021)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 DRAPERY H10C MS obverse 1840 DRAPERY H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

For reasons not absolutely clear now, the Mint commissioned artist Robert Ball Hughes to revise the Seated Liberty figure. This modified interpretation was utilized for the new silver dollars of 1840 and was adapted for all of the fractional silver coins except for the half dollar. A side-by-side comparison reveals numerous differences, but the most obvious is the addition of drapery above Liberty's left thigh to balance the design. Also readily evident is that the buds on the wreath are split or open, while those on the earlier issue are closed. Perhaps the greatest justification for revising this coin type was the inclusion of stars in the master matrix so that these no longer had to be punched into each working die.

This subtype of the 1840 half dime is less often seen across all grades than the No Drapery edition. Mint State pieces in particular are in short supply.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/28/2019

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1840 DRAPERY H10C MS
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Base $ 30.00 50.00 75.00 120 235 355 435 460 500 525 550 675 910 1380 3900 - 23500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 13000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 70
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1840 DRAPERY H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11-83311-4-161215932---70
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Total-11-83311-4-1712151032---72
 -1%1%-11%4%4%1%1%-6%-1%10%17%21%14%4%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 DRAPERY H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10611116325543764269590096610361117118612521421163420293216171987592825210578
10812819431650566076392298910631140120813081492176624253216240073297812902711107
0000007639229891063114012081308149217662425321624007329781200
00000083294410131090116312301365156318972820321647997461803200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3216
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3216
Owner: toyonakataro
 
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