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: $0.77 (7/13/2014)
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: 5/6/2014

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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 1650 4300 - - -
$ 55.00 100.00 120 130 150 175 205 270 315 625 1100 2400 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 602
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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8/21/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0869, 869/Lot# 1262 $735.75
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6144 $1,265.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5326 $460.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 719 $16,675.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1242 $5,980.00
2/10/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99829 $46.00


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