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: $0.74 (7/25/2014)
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: 5/6/2014

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1857 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 31.00 65.00 65.00 130 135 145 155 165 190 250 325 600 970 1550 5350 15750 - -
$ 75.00 135 140 155 165 180 200 265 365 675 1025 2800 7000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 806
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/16/1996 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6227 $660.00
11/25/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0896, 896/Lot# 1220 $261.60
4/11/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 159 $385.00
3/28/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #32, 36/Lot# 152 $931.50
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
6/29/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 115686 $60.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base332324154143237320351372404423450539631110318212268344749351035816964
123235458317426433035838241043247956978813421970266139436742125600
0000002643303583824104324795697881342197026613943674200
0000002923403653934164415096009451581211930544439855000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2268
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1821
Owner: kathy&barry
 
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