Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
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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1858 H10C MS obverse 1858 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Though it enjoyed only half the mintage of 1857 Philadelphia Mint half dimes, this issue is more plentiful across all grades. Even gems are not too challenging to locate, though most will be less than fully struck.

This was the last of the high mintage half dimes for several years, as the Treasury Department clamped down of Mint Director Snowden's unauthorized policy of distributing fractional silver coins in exchange for deposits of silver bullion. Such coins were in oversupply until the Civil War led to hoarding in 1862, at which time all silver and gold disappeared from circulation except in the Far West.

Two of the more appealing varieties for the series are found with this issue. FS-301 has an entirely duplicated date, the first impression being far too high and then corrected. FS-302 is even more dramatic, with the first date impression being completely upside down. It's easy to see how this could happen, as all four figures of the date were applied with a single gang punch.

Far less spectacular, but still interesting, is the coin shown. Not only is it quite well struck for an 1858(P) half dime, but it also shows very prominent die-clash impressions from the dies striking one another multiple times due to a planchet mis-feed.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1858 H10C MS
Base $ 14.95 17.25 19.55 27.60 56.35 56.35 114 120 138 144 156 198 222 330 550 970 1410 3310 9380 - -
$ 63.00 128 134 155 161 175 220 240 360 610 1070 1550 3600 -
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Total Graded: 716
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8985
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8984

Auction Prices Realized

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2/12/2000 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #220, 220/Lot# 76 $126.50
12/29/2000 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1390, 1390/Lot# 1141 $327.00
11/7/2003 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5934 $2,760.00
7/11/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #45, 49/Lot# 319 $517.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1682 $1,667.50
9/19/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26094, 26094/Lot# 11597 $1,265.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 March Phoenix, AZ (ANA) Signature Auction #1102, 1102/Lot# 370 $2,530.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8250 $862.50
3/4/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/04/2012, 10/Lot# 18535 $451.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 H10C MS
1858 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3365
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1583
Owner: Tom Fornicola
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