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: $0.73 (7/31/2014)
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: 605
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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2/12/1996 PCGS MS 60   Teletrade Auction 0814, 814/Lot# 256 $141.70
11/7/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, Texas Online Session #389, 389/Lot# 7478 $488.75
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2570 $690.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5326 $460.00
11/27/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131149/Lot# 20039 $84.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7476 $805.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1291 $977.50
9/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 137638 $605.00


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