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1841 DIME

PCGS Nos: 4579, 4728


Circulation strikes: 1,622,500
estimated 10

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes

Diameter: 17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 41 grains (2.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

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

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-62.

With Drapery
- the normal design type that shows drapery inside Liberty's right arm and below her left arm. 

No Drapery - an extremely rare variety that shows a flat field inside of Liberty's right arm and no drapery below her left arm.  Ahwash 2, Breen 3235.  Breen considered the "loss" of drapery to have been caused by excessive lapping of the die.  However, a recent study by John McCloskey of a Proof 1841 No Drapery Dime indicates that the drapery was never placed in the die to begin with.  Rather, this was an early version of the new modifications by Robert Ball Hughes.

Breen lists two examples of the 1841 No Drapery Dime:
1) Proof.  Colonel E.H.R. Green's 1841 Proof set - Numismatic Review #3, page 29 (1943).

2) EF, cleaned, "former Proof."  F.C.C. Boyd, World's Greatest Collection, Lot 519 - New Netherlands #57, Lot 466 - Kagin 1973 MANA, Lot 1107 at $52,000

Recent appearances:
Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 500, plated, sold for $4,140.00

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

Walter Breen, "Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins"

John McCloskey, "An Analysis of the 1841 No Drapery Dime", Issue #80 of The Gobrecht Journal, pages 44-47