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: $0.70 (8/20/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/6/2014

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1860 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.50 24.00 27.00 52.00 52.00 90.00 115 135 155 165 180 240 270 500 875 1475 3800 12000 - -
$ 60.00 97.00 125 145 165 175 190 260 310 575 1050 2100 5850 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 516
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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9/6/2014 MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3084


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1/11/2004 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1830, 1830/Lot# 1059 $209.00
5/28/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 867 $4,485.00
9/17/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 7849 $633.65
12/3/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 348 $1,967.65
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 5096 $13,225.00
3/25/2012 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43174 $31.01
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
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 557 $220.00


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