Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 535,000
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: $0.74 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 H10C MS obverse 1870 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes more than doubled from the previous, as deposits of silver for coining increased dramatically after 1867. This is the first truly common issue since 1862, and it set the pattern for the last few years of half dime coinage.

The example illustrated shows weakness at the lower part of the shield and the upper left portion of the wreath. These design elements were directly opposite one another, and the dies frequently failed to fill on coins of this type.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/18/2014

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1870 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 45.00 45.00 95.00 120 125 135 155 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 270
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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8/9/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7406


Auction Prices Realized

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5/9/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Bullet Auction #373, 373/Lot# 679 $172.50
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1265 $402.50
7/10/2011 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3098, 3098/Lot# 1381 $241.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7748 $558.13
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6932 $170.38
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 101 $235.00
1/5/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159354 $28.50
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 3932 $3,055.00


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