Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 135,000
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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Description & Analysis

The production of half dimes at the 1837 standard was abortive in 1853, as a law was passed in February that lowered this coin's weight about 7% to offset the rise in price of silver bullion. Many of the unreleased pieces on hand were subsequently melted, and circulated examples of the arrowless edition are scarce. The number of surviving Mint State coins is proportionally higher than normal, as these were hoarded for their bullion value until being rediscovered by collectors decades later.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 131
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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11/14/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210114/Lot# 26433 $292.10
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1277 $2,070.00
6/30/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 124 $227.00
11/18/2013 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3457, 3457/Lot# 1158 $282.00
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 151500 $350.00
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28232 $182.13


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