Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,880,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.64 (9/21/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 H10C MS obverse 1856 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue was produced in large numbers, and worn examples are extremely common. Mint State pieces are fairly plentiful through the grade of MS 64. Many of these coins, however, are deficient in striking quality. The border denticles are flat or incomplete on most.

The only notable variety is a misplaced date having the lower loop of an 8 visible within Liberty's gown. Walter Breen's report of a doubled date is doubtful.

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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1856 H10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 31.00 65.00 65.00 125 135 145 155 165 190 250 345 600 1200 1900 5200 - - -
$ 75.00 130 140 155 165 180 200 265 380 660 1350 2350 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 448
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 543 $220.80
9/9/2007 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2419, 2419/Lot# 1273 $868.00
5/27/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 7449 $575.00
4/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 35090 $39.00
3/11/2013 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1494 $60.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7607 $352.50
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34194 $646.25
7/25/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22143 $164.50
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7350 $381.88


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