Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,850
Catalog: KM-34
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.61 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 16.5mm
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1803 H10C MS obverse 1803 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Two obverse dies and two reverses were combined to create three marriages of 1803 half dimes. The obverse having a Small 8 was used just once, and this marriage (LM-1) is rare. LM-2 and LM-3 (photos) both employed the Large 8 obverse and are only scarce.

Like all half dimes of this type the 1803 issue was subject to very irregular striking quality. Some features will be sharp, while others may be quite weak or missing altogether. This is most noticeable where the deepest cavities of the dies are opposite one another, such as with Liberty's bosom and the clouds at upper right on the reverse.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/22/2015

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1803 H10C MS
Base $ 1350 1700 2400 3650 8150 9500 13000 15000 18500 24000 29500 37500 46500 67500 - - - - -
$ 8750 - - - - - - - - 210000 - - -

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Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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2/19/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0816, 816/Lot# 309 $2,461.00
7/31/2009 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 397 $8,050.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1275 $19,890.00
9/7/2011 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7412 $517.50
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3065 $12,937.50
2/3/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1246 $1,380.00
10/27/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147438 $2,200.00
11/24/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 759 $402.00
11/6/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3642 $6,462.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 H10C MS
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 2923
Owner: JTO
Grade: VF 35
Points: 2368
Owner: BillJones
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