1839 H10C No Drapery NGC MS63


Beautiful light original toning with a very strong strike for this early type. All stars on obverse are strong as is the curse in Liberty’s hair. Obverse also exhibits strong details with beautiful light toning. Great value for this rarity in MS-63 at this price.

In 1835, newly appointed Mint Director Robert M. Patterson appointed Christian Gobrecht as second engraver. The Gobrecht Seated Liberty design was adapted for use on half dimes and dimes in 1837. It depicted a robed Liberty seated on a rock, holding in her right hand the Union Shield inscribed with LIBERTY and a staff topped with a Liberty cap in her left. Except for the date, the figure sits alone in clear fields. In 1838 thirteen stars were arranged around the image of Liberty, creating the Stars Obverse type, with each star hand-punched into a previous No Stars die. The reverse features a laurel wreath enclosing the denomination HALF DIME, with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA encircling the periphery. As opposed to the later coins issued with obverse stars, the cleanness of the fields gave the coin a powerful, aesthetic impact, often presenting a cameo appearance on higher grade pieces.