1838-P No Drapery Seated Liberty Half Dime Large Stars NGC MS68
As the first circulating coin series struck by the U.S. Mint, the Half Dime is a legendary denomination. Minted from 1837 to 1873, the Seated Liberty Half Dime underwent many small design changes. From the Philadelphia Mint, 1838 Seated Liberty half dimes were struck with both large stars and small stars on the reverse. Starting in 1840, the design was altered to add a draped piece of cloth under Lady Liberty’s left elbow. This 1838 example is of the Large Stars, No Drapery variety. The combined mintage of Large Star and Small Star variety 1838 Seated Liberty Half Dimes from the Philadelphia Mint is 2,225,000 examples. Only 5 examples of the 1838 Seated Liberty Half Dime with Large Stars have been graded in Mint State 68 condition with just 5 graded higher. Between PCGS and NGC, no Seated Liberty Half Dimes in any year have been graded in Mint State 69 condition. With such a low MS68 population and so few graded higher, this 1838 Seated Liberty Half Dime is not only a Condition Rarity, but also one of the finest known examples of the issue.
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