Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,280,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
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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1857 H10C MS obverse 1857 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is another of the high mintage issues typical of the 1853-58 period. The Mint Act of 1853 which lowered the weights of the half dime through half dollar specified that these coins were to paid out by the Treasury only in exchange for gold, and this was intended to prevent them from becoming a redundant nuisance. Instead, Mint Director James R. Snowden paid them out in exchange for deposits of either gold or silver, and mintages thus exploded from this trade that was so profitable to holders of silver. His misguided attempt at ending the silver coin shortage of 1850-53 was finally brought to an end by his superior in 1858.

1857 half dimes are common in all grades through MS 65. Most, like the example illustrated, are poorly struck. This flaw is almost always present in the coins' borders, but Liberty's head and foot are also found less than fully formed. Attempts to correct these problems by retouching the master hub were not successful, and an entirely new one was created in 1859.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1857 H10C MS
Base $ 14.95 17.25 19.55 24.15 58.65 58.65 118 126 138 144 162 180 210 300 550 1000 1500 4810 15630 - -
$ 66.00 132 141 155 161 181 202 230 330 610 1100 1650 5200 -
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Total Graded: 796
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4067
4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4064

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/31/1999 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1229, 1229/Lot# 1082 $844.75
8/1/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 August San Francisco, CA (ANA) Bullet Auction #383, 383/Lot# 401 $179.40
7/9/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 7516 $1,150.00
3/25/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 465, 471/Lot# 7274 $316.25
5/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 176 $70.15
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 917 $253.00
6/6/2012 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3290, 3290/Lot# 1286 $36.00
11/25/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 82689 $28.33
4/28/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20918 $117.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 4935
Owner: yeoldeone
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2268
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
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