Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 86,416
Catalog: KM-15
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.64 (2/28/2015)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1795 H10C MS obverse 1795 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of 1795 dimes includes those dated 1794, but this is by far the more often seen date. A fair number of Mint State pieces survive from an old hoard distributed in the 1880s by coin dealer W. E. Woodward. As a two-year-only type coin, these hoard specimens are highly prized.

Early half dimes are often irregularly struck, with some portions of the design sharp and others quiet weak. This is evident on both Mint State and well worn examples.

Eight obverse dies were paired in various combinations with five reverses to create a total of 10 die marriages. The ones most often seen in high grades are LM-8, -9 (photos) and -10. Until publication of the Logan-McCloskey book in 1998 the standard reference for half dimes was Daniel Valentine's 1931 monograph and subsequent updates, and many half dimes that come onto the market from old collections may be attributed by Valentine numbers

Rare varieties for this date include LM-1 and LM-3 through -7, while the rarest of all is LM-2.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2015

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1795 H10C MS
Base $ 1250 1600 2350 3600 5700 5700 7750 8750 9600 12000 13000 13500 14000 20250 27750 65000 120000 190000 - - -
$ 6600 8000 9000 11000 12850 - - 15750 23500 32500 - 155000 - -

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Total Graded: 378
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/5/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 615 $12,650.00
2/21/2010 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2814, 2814/Lot# 1454 $2,012.50
4/28/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction Session(1)", 1139/Lot# 450 $1,955.00
9/4/2011 NGC XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19251/Lot# 1023 $4,680.00
5/30/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2474 $2,300.00
3/21/2013 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3264 $3,407.50
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 18 $1,150.00
12/29/2013 PCGS Genuine AG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 147205 $396.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 H10C MS
1795 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4196
Owner: LRM
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1443
Owner: JTO
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