Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 712,000
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 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1873 H10C MS obverse 1873 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The half dime was abolished by law in April of 1873. This final date of half dime coinage typically is lumped together with the common 1871-72 coins, yet both its mintage and surviving Mint State population are quite a bit lower. It may be, too, that some 1873(P) half dimes remained at the mint and were subsequently melted. Gems are particularly scarce and underappreciated.

The example illustrated reveals the weakness so often found with this coin type. The lower left portion of the shield and the upper left of the wreath, features directly opposite one another in the dies, are both quite weakly struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1873 H10C MS
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Base $ 14.95 17.25 19.55 21.85 37.95 37.95 79.20 88.80 108 120 132 162 222 270 450 1060 1970 4230 - - -
$ 43.00 89.00 99.00 121 134 148 181 240 300 500 1170 2170 4600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 131
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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5/20/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1051, 1051/Lot# 1288 $228.90
6/2/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #264, 264/Lot# 482 $218.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 559 $126.50
1/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1685 $862.50
8/7/2010 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 360 $3,737.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 933 $172.50
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 119557 $291.50
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7468 $381.88


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