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: $0.81 (7/24/2014)
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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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1851 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 18.50 24.00 29.00 55.00 55.00 125 130 150 185 215 250 285 360 660 1375 2000 5500 15000 - -
$ 60.00 130 135 160 200 240 270 315 400 750 1600 2800 9400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 155
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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1/4/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1120, 1120/Lot# 1194 $945.00
4/19/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 472, 478/Lot# 200 $494.50
2/6/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211023/Lot# 24139 $138.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8238 $437.00
4/28/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20907 $211.50
7/7/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131329/Lot# 20154 $86.00
12/22/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138000 $235.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 3921 $1,527.50


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