Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 340,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Anthony C. Paquet
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.74 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 H10C MS obverse 1859 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint half dime of 1859 is an anomaly. It bears Assistant Engraver Anthony C. Paquet's interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure, while the New Orleans issue of that year retained the old Hughes figure from 1840.

Paquet created a slimmer Liberty having hair that looks more like a bonnet. The ribbon inscribed LIBERTY is more curved and the letters are taller. Finally, the obverse stars have hollow centers. This Liberty hub was ultimately rejected in favor of yet another new one for 1860 that lasted through the end of the series in 1873, making the 1859(P) half dime desirable as a one-year-only type coin.

Despite its modest mintage, this issue is not rare in Mint State. Only at the MS 65 level does it become challenging to locate. In addition, most pieces are quite well struck.

The Valentine and Breen references list several obverse dies having repunched dates, yet it appears that at least a couple of these may be different states of the same die. NGC will attribute the most complete and prominent RPD under its VarietyPlus Service.

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1859 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 40.00 78.00 78.00 140 155 175 185 200 240 325 435 650 1500 2200 4750 15000 - -
$ 85.00 150 165 190 195 225 260 360 475 750 1750 2500 6000 25000
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 240
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/30/1994 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 6412 $3,740.00
3/28/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 755 $805.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7300 $201.25
11/21/2010 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 2086 $1,437.50
1/2/2011 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2988, 2988/Lot# 1277 $603.75
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1288 $4,846.88
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33075 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base332415910220127835140644249452755158672511381865233534867276117861
1235477313522630236941845950553556263286213802021271847498779117860
0000003023694184595055355626328621380202127184749877900
000000326387430476516543574678100016222178310260121028200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4749
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 351
Owner: Halfdime Collector
 
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