Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 695,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.65 (9/26/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 O NO DRAPERY H10C MS obverse 1840 O NO DRAPERY H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is not rare in circulated grades, but Mint State examples are seldom seen. It tends to be overshadowed by the greater rarity of the With Drapery subtype.

The coin illustrated reveals some of the technical deficiencies often associated with New Orleans Mint coins. Its dies are severely clashed, and the borders are quite indistinct from die erosion. This coin features the Small O mintmark which is slightly more scarce than the Medium O. Rarest of all is the Large O reverse leftover from the original 1838 shipment of reverse dies.

Another rare variety is the transitional coin having this No Drapery obverse muled to the new Open Bud reverse intended for the With Drapery issue.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1840 O NO DRAPERY H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 28.00 40.00 95.00 180 380 475 735 925 1550 1775 2900 4400 8200 16000 24500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 58
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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10/30/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3163, 3163/Lot# 1542 $150.00
11/3/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 776, 785/Lot# 95 $70.00
12/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7439 $763.75
3/28/2014 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5207 $1,175.00
6/23/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30188 $18,212.50
10/28/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98124 $11,162.50
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98123 $11,162.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 O NO DRAPERY H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8185102143288515586949106613451547219723682807378350496473731777158128882311263
829111619136453970798811591412176422542514313242055524675474507853836096360
00000070798811591412176422542514313242055524675474507853836000
000000828102712521480198023112661345846275998703675827990859100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3783
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1547
Owner: ddr70
 
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