Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 90,000
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: $0.75 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1864 S H10C MS obverse 1864 S H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This has always been a rare issue, one that was unknown in Mint State until a small hoard (Walter Breen said 14 pieces) was dispersed during the early 1970s. A few of these were impaired and may not qualify as MS today.

All San Francisco Mint half dimes were subject to being fashioned into items of jewelry such as cuff links and stick pins. Indeed, it appears that the increase in their mintage after 1864 may have been prompted by this market, as there existed little need for them as a medium of exchange in the West. Examples that qualify for numeric certified grading are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1864 S H10C MS
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Base $ 44.00 55.00 105 210 365 365 540 675 800 925 1025 1100 1275 1850 2350 4600 7500 - - - -
$ 425 585 750 875 975 1075 1200 1475 2050 2650 5400 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3433


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2/14/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0815, 815/Lot# 307 $3,210.00
1/28/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5576 $2,472.50
3/27/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 323 $3,392.50
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113089 $489.50
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121979 $95.70
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8617 $1,527.50


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