Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 340,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Anthony C. Paquet
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.71 (4/19/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 H10C MS obverse 1859 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint half dime of 1859 is an anomaly. It bears Assistant Engraver Anthony C. Paquet's interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure, while the New Orleans issue of that year retained the old Hughes figure from 1840.

Paquet created a slimmer Liberty having hair that looks more like a bonnet. The ribbon inscribed LIBERTY is more curved and the letters are taller. Finally, the obverse stars have hollow centers. This Liberty hub was ultimately rejected in favor of yet another new one for 1860 that lasted through the end of the series in 1873, making the 1859(P) half dime desirable as a one-year-only type coin.

Despite its modest mintage, this issue is not rare in Mint State. Only at the MS 65 level does it become challenging to locate. In addition, most pieces are quite well struck.

The Valentine and Breen references list several obverse dies having repunched dates, yet it appears that at least a couple of these may be different states of the same die. NGC will attribute the most complete and prominent RPD under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1859 H10C MS
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Base $ 14.95 18.40 23.00 35.65 57.50 57.50 132 144 162 168 180 240 270 390 600 1470 2090 3940 12810 - -
$ 64.00 148 161 181 188 202 260 300 430 660 1620 2300 4300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 233
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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6/3/1994 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 279 $126.50
3/16/1998 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1032, 1032/Lot# 1292 $735.75
3/22/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2178, 2178/Lot# 1164 $268.80
2/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 49 $1,840.00
11/26/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 431, 437/Lot# 7199 $230.00
11/21/2010 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 2086 $1,437.50
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7726 $305.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1288 $4,846.88


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