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- 1838-P : Partial Drapery
1838 Seated Liberty Dimes : Partial Drapery
Type 2 - Stars on Obverse - No Drapery
Metal Composition: 90% Silver - 10% Copper
Diameter: 17.9 mm
Mass / Weight: 2.67 grams
What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
One major variety for this year is the 1838 Partial Drapery Seated Liberty Dime. The standard design was a liberty with no drapery on the obverse. Although some coins feature what looks like a small bit of drapery between the arm and leg of liberty as depicted by the arrow in the example image above. It turns out that this was not part of the formal design because the drapery was not added until 1840. This "partial drapery" is actually the result of an accidental die clash error! Source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
The 1838 Seated Liberty Dime (Partial Drapery Variety) is worth $46 in average condition and can be worth $870 or more in uncirculated mint condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.
MELT VALUE: $1.2825
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