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Obverse of 1839 Dime     Reverse of 1839 Dime

1839 DIME

PCGS Nos: 4571, 4722


Circulation strikes: 1,053,115
estimated 5

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 41.3 grains (27 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

The finest Uncirculated "No Drapery" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Proof "No Drapery" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3053, where it was described as follows: "No Drapery...Exceedingly choice luster and surface originality, a well struck example that may very well be cracked out of its holder and resubmitted for an upgrade.  Similar to the 1837-8 No Stars design. All dimes from 1838 through Sept. 1840 (Philadelphia) and 1839 through Dec. 1840 (New Orleans) came from working dies sunk from the No Stars hubs of 1837. However, each working obverse had 13 stars individually entered by hand, often irregular in spacing."

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 77, plated, sold for $575.00  Purchased privately from Dan Brown on January 20, 1968

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service