Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 781,000
Catalog: KM-62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.76 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 H10C MS obverse 1851 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite its lower than usual mintage, the 1851 Philadelphia Mint half dime is readily available across all grades. It is disproportionately common in Mint State due to the hoarding of silver coins at a time when they were worth more than their equivalent face value in gold coins. These hoards were often forgotten until discovered decades later, at which time the coins already had collector value.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1851 H10C MS
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Base $ 13.80 17.25 19.55 26.45 48.30 48.30 115 126 150 204 228 258 270 330 600 1280 2310 4280 10810 - -
$ 54.00 129 141 168 220 250 280 300 360 660 1410 2540 4600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 154
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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2/5/1994 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions February 1994 Long Beach Sale #112, 112/Lot# 6783 $330.00
4/24/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 Central States Bullet Sale #185, 185/Lot# 222 $385.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6314 $1,610.00
8/9/2006 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2243, 2243/Lot# 1200 $38.00
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 225 $1,322.50
4/19/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 472, 478/Lot# 200 $494.50
1/1/2012 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 30969 $1,210.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14278 $649.78


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