Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 90,000
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: $0.71 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1864 S H10C MS obverse 1864 S H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This has always been a rare issue, one that was unknown in Mint State until a small hoard (Walter Breen said 14 pieces) was dispersed during the early 1970s. A few of these were impaired and may not qualify as MS today.

All San Francisco Mint half dimes were subject to being fashioned into items of jewelry such as cuff links and stick pins. Indeed, it appears that the increase in their mintage after 1864 may have been prompted by this market, as there existed little need for them as a medium of exchange in the West. Examples that qualify for numeric certified grading are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1864 S H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 39.10 48.30 81.65 132 300 300 480 528 570 690 780 900 1000 1280 1560 4970 5530 - - - -
$ 330 530 580 630 760 860 990 1100 1410 1720 5400 6000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
1/31/1996 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0811, 811/Lot# 317 $392.40
8/7/2000 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 6903 $4,025.00
11/21/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 6027 $3,335.00
1/23/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 21018 $575.00
3/27/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 323 $3,392.50
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113089 $489.50
10/27/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131345/Lot# 22956 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base31151312443205636998209119691051110311731393170721613057381784911324011
4012016826940160873985093099610681126124614971858245933105375100741324010
00000073985093099610681126124614971858245933105375100741324000
000000779880949102310851149131916022009275835636933116571324000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3817
Owner: yeoldeone
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 820
Owner: Halfdime Collector
 
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