Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 798,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.71 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 H10C MS obverse 1860 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was transferred to the obverse of the dime and half dime beginning in 1860. The simple wreath utilized previously was replaced with a much more elaborate one that did not provide sufficient space for the former legend. J. B. Longacre refined the R. B. Hughes figure of Liberty from 1840 for the obverse, and he is generally credited with the wreath device, as well. Some claim, however, may be made for A. C. Paquet having created this wreath, as the tall, narrow lettering used on both sides is characteristic of his work.

Despite a relatively modest mintage, this issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 66. The novelty of this design probably accounts for such availability, as there were at least several hundred active collectors of United States coins by 1860.

Most 1860(P) half dimes are well struck, and finding a nice example will not be difficult. The only notable variety features a complete repunching of the date clockwise to the first impression, though careful overlapping rendered only the first and last duplicate numberals visible. A minor doubled-die obverse variety features doubling of the legend, but this variety has attracted little attention.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1860 H10C MS
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Base $ 13.80 16.10 19.55 24.15 43.70 43.70 79.20 96.00 132 144 156 162 192 252 406 940 1130 3160 9840 - -
$ 49.00 89.00 108 148 161 175 181 215 280 450 1030 1240 3400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 501
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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2/24/1995 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #131, 131/Lot# 123 $308.00
6/6/1998 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 1998 June Long Beach Sale #187, 187/Lot# 5683 $8,337.50
5/31/2001 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7975 $1,150.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 231 $1,092.50
5/1/2011 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3057, 3057/Lot# 1389 $253.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1290 $638.25
12/9/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88151 $41.00
6/30/2013 PCGS   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 130 $60.00


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