Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 815,000
Catalog: KM-62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.83 (7/10/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 H10C MS obverse 1842 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1842 Philadelphia Mint half dimes are available in all grades through MS 64, but gems are scarce. Most are reasonably well struck, but die erosion is often evident in the denticles. This seems to affect the reverse in particular, most likely because reverse dies could be used in more than one year until they failed altogether.

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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1842 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 18.50 24.00 29.00 65.00 65.00 125 130 150 165 175 210 265 370 670 1400 2900 - - - -
$ 75.00 130 135 160 175 190 230 280 410 740 1600 3750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 537 $282.90
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 1589 $2,760.00
9/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2926, 2926/Lot# 1247 $184.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2415 $1,265.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30344 $477.05
11/15/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34175 $881.25
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138007 $340.00


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