Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 135,000
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: $0.73 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS obverse 1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of half dimes at the 1837 standard was abortive in 1853, as a law was passed in February that lowered this coin's weight about 7% to offset the rise in price of silver bullion. Many of the unreleased pieces on hand were subsequently melted, and circulated examples of the arrowless edition are scarce. The number of surviving Mint State coins is proportionally higher than normal, as these were hoarded for their bullion value until being rediscovered by collectors decades later.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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6/15/2005 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2053, 2053/Lot# 1275 $1,430.00
10/22/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 313 $2,300.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1277 $2,070.00
10/18/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8141 $258.50
6/30/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 124 $227.00
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 151500 $350.00
7/11/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5527 $188.00
8/31/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 151500 $350.00


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