Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,230,000
Catalog: KM-47
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35 Grams
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1829 H10C MS obverse 1829 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Half dime coinage resumed in 1829 after a hiatus of more than 20 years. Chief Engraver William Kneass provided new designs based on the 1807 Capped Bust Liberty of John Reich.

There may have been problems in perfecting the dies, as this mintage utilized no less than six obverse dies and 10 reverses. These were combined to produce 18 die marriages. Three of the reverses featured three lines in each vertical red stripe of the shield, while the remainder used just two lines to form the stripes.

Rare marriages include LM-6, -9, -10, -11, -12 and -18, while LM-8 is the rarest of all. The remaining marriages are common, like LM-1 (photos), or are just somewhat scarce.

These common varieties provide a fair number of Mint State pieces, and coins having just light wear are also readily available to the collector.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1829 H10C MS
Base $ 60.00 78.00 90.00 135 200 290 310 390 425 525 650 1125 1850 3375 6500 18250 - - -
$ 220 - 325 410 440 550 700 1300 2300 4100 7500 27500 -

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Total Graded: 721
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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11/18/2000 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #240, 240/Lot# 103 $920.00
2/5/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 331, 337/Lot# 6921 $2,530.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2232 $7,015.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 898 $380.00
10/7/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77252 $1,650.00
1/7/2013 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3412, 3412/Lot# 1438 $360.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7720 $305.50
8/8/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7479 $1,116.25
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4375 $11,162.50
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 127864 $245.00

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