Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 88,600
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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1868 H10C MS obverse 1868 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

During the Civil War and for several years afterward silver coinage was struck at the Philadelphia Mint only to provide for those few depositors of silver who requested coin (most preferred to receive their bullion in the form of refined bars). Half dime coinage resulted almost solely from the need to pay off fractional dollars on such deposits.

Mint State 1868(P) half dimes are very scarce, and a higher than usual percentage of them are prooflike. This is easily explained by the low mintage for this issue, as the dies weren't used long enough to entirely lose their original brilliance. Attractive circulated pieces are as rare or more so, though obviously less highly sought.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1868 H10C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 65.00 125 260 315 315 500 550 585 635 675 690 725 985 1325 1850 2850 - - - -
$ 350 525 575 625 660 690 725 800 1085 1475 2250 3950 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7404


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6/20/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1450, 1450/Lot# 1179 $392.40
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1862 $603.75
10/22/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 325 $1,006.25
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1972 $1,271.90
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3233 $2,070.00
3/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3274 $1,057.50
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 97   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 285 $110.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4113516327240962073583892898510661117113111731271160921972699424677701173614730
7214419931747965876986894710121083112111451205138318052364321454209092127340
0000007698689471012108311211145120513831805236432145420909200
00000080389896610391100112611591238149620012531373065951041400
1868 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45147179295442663785893986104711311185120012431345169723082828442780521211815182
79157217344515703821924100610751149119012141277146219002481336156359407131390
00000082192410061075114911901214127714621900248133615635940700
000000857955102611031167119512281311157921042654389468431076200
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2828
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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