Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,000
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 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 H10C MS obverse 1863 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1863 was a year in which Americans mostly had to do without coins. Gold and silver were hoarded or exported, and even the lowly cent was squirreled away as a precious commodity. The 18,000 currency strikes of the half dime produced by the Philadelphia Mint were thus intended primarily to pay off odd amounts on silver deposits at the mint and to keep the proofs from becoming objects of speculative trading. Few circulated at the time and, while this date is scarce overall, a disproportionate number of the survivors are Mint State.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1863 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 165 245 315 390 515 515 610 640 665 690 735 765 825 975 1225 1875 2500 5000 14500 - -
$ 550 625 665 675 710 760 800 875 1050 1500 2100 3400 7000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0814, 814/Lot# 257 $654.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1282 $776.25
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3231 $1,610.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2496 $920.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7831 $276.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9396 $716.75
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1038 $1,615.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189508 $1,379.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336643751564285690394999410241067109511171173132115312009246431034080704410063
12438946355771387191896410041038107611021135122213911690216026773428506880500
00000091896410041038107611021135122213911690216026773428506800
00000093397910141052108511091154127114611849231228903754605600
1863 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111633101010571088113211621185124313971617211325852954364445785858
11111211758102510671102114211691204129414701782227027083184395550040
000000758102510671102114211691204129414701782227027083184395500
000000884104110771117115211771223134515431947242728313414426600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1531
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
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