Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 240,000
Catalog: KM-62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.76 (4/19/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 O DRAPERY H10C MS obverse 1840 O DRAPERY H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As a work of art the new With Drapery subtype of half dime was no improvement. Liberty looks bloated, and this aspect is exacerbated by the tendency of these coins to strike up less fully. Liberty's head and the leaves of the wreath are features often seen incomplete.

The relatively low mintage of New Orleans half dimes from the new dies has made this a semi-key issue in completing a set of Seated Liberty Half Dimes. It is quite rare in Mint State, and even circulated pieces in attractive condition are elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1840 O DRAPERY H10C MS
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Base $ 37.95 51.75 150 300 960 960 1440 1740 3030 5560 6690 7280 9380 12310 - - - - - - -
$ 1060 1580 1910 3300 6000 7200 7900 10100 13300 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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11/18/1996 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0894, 894/Lot# 1342 $174.40
9/21/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 2108 $3,450.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 907 $1,437.50
9/7/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3312 $862.50
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1648 $1,233.75
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7603 $646.25
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1696 $1,233.75
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3437 $5,287.50


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