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: $0.70 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 7/18/2014

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1858 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 30.00 63.00 63.00 125 130 145 155 165 205 260 340 625 970 1500 4750 14000 - -
$ 70.00 130 135 155 165 180 220 285 375 700 1025 2200 6500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 730
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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10/5/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1092, 1092/Lot# 1285 $708.50
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
11/28/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210121/Lot# 20412 $104.00
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
6/2/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 2 - 11 US Coins Internet Auction - Dallas Session(2), 131324/Lot# 20757 $158.63
7/6/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138003 $155.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33237415414323732035137240442345053963111031583212433656858112271
123338458317426433035838241043247956978812631763253745298314112270
0000002643303583824104324795697881263176325374529831400
0000002923403653934164415096009451423194329515693977000
1858 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33323754143237320351372404423450502631110315832048328175371262821216
31233428317426433035838241043246754578812631738245946999234154900
0000002643303583824104324675457881263173824594699923400
00000029234036539341644148458894514231893287061181093100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3365
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3365
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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