Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 535,000
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 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 H10C MS obverse 1870 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes more than doubled from the previous, as deposits of silver for coining increased dramatically after 1867. This is the first truly common issue since 1862, and it set the pattern for the last few years of half dime coinage.

The example illustrated shows weakness at the lower part of the shield and the upper left portion of the wreath. These design elements were directly opposite one another, and the dies frequently failed to fill on coins of this type.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1870 H10C MS
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Base $ 13.80 16.10 18.40 21.85 37.95 37.95 79.20 90.00 96.00 112 132 156 198 252 450 1060 1880 4620 12500 - -
$ 43.00 89.00 101 108 125 148 175 220 280 500 1170 2070 5000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 268
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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4/26/1996 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 1996 Kansas City Bullet Sale #154, 154/Lot# 136 $2,310.00
4/2/2001 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1422, 1422/Lot# 1242 $119.90
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1265 $402.50
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 769 $1,495.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7315 $373.75
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6932 $170.38
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7466 $381.88
12/22/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138006 $165.00


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