Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,360,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.70 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 H10C MS obverse 1861 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was one of the larger mintages in the half dime series, and examples are common across all grades through MS 64. When both the Treasury and banks suspended specie payment as a result of the Civil War, many of these coins were hoarded for their intrinsic value and were thus spared from wear.

The so-called 1861/0 half dime is fairly common and is now thought to be simply the result of a defective date punch. Therefore, NGC no longer recognizes this as a variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/18/2014

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1861 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 50.00 50.00 95.00 115 120 140 165 185 245 280 500 985 2000 6750 - - -
$ 55.00 100.00 120 130 150 175 205 270 315 625 1100 2600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 606
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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9/6/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 3923
9/6/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7353


Auction Prices Realized

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9/21/2004 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24094, 24094/Lot# 11640 $608.35
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2570 $690.00
5/29/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 252, 258/Lot# 5291 $149.50
2/26/2012 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 1390 $170.00
10/7/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77106 $82.51
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1242 $5,980.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 3926 $3,818.75
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7594 $237.35
5/4/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26540 $70.00
6/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131424/Lot# 26108 $270.25


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