Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20
Catalog: KM-Pn242
Obverse Designer: Anthony C. Paquet
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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 TRANSITION J-232 H10C PF obverse 1859 TRANSITION J-232 H10C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This odd entry combines the normal obverse die of 1859 by Anthony C. Paquet with the normal reverse of 1860 attributed to James B. Longacre. Though clearly no such actual coins were contemplated for circulation, as the nation's identity does not appear, a modest number of these "transitional" half dimes were struck as proofs for the benefit of collectors. Mint Director James R. Snowden was seeking to augment the Mint's own cabinet of coins and medals, and it has been proposed that these fancies were trading bait for the desired items.

The mintage of 20 pieces is purely speculative, as no records were kept. The 1859 transitional half dime is far more rare than the 1860 edition, so this figure is probably fairly close to being correct. Only a dozen or so are known today.

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Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1859 TRANSITION J-232 H10C PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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2/14/2007 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 2838 $40,250.00
8/11/2010 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3068 $34,500.00
1/8/2014 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5191 $32,900.00


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