Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,370,000
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: $0.61 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1833 H10C MS obverse 1833 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is another fairly plentiful entry in the Capped Bust Half Dime series. The published mintage includes some dated 1832, but the use of three obverse dies and seven reverses indicates that plenty were minted with the date 1833. Like the example illustrated, many of these coins are poorly struck at their centers.

The same press might coin half dimes one day, dimes the next, and then half dimes again the day after that. Thus, the dies were frequently removed from the press, shelved and then reinstalled. Little care was taken to use the same die pair each time, with the result that the known dies for this date produced a total of 10 marriages.

Varieties LM-2 and LM-5 are the rare ones for 1833, with LM-6 being a little less so. LM-1 (photos) and LM-8 are slightly scarce, while the remaining marriages are all common. Illustrated is LM-4.1, the decimal numeral indicating that this is the earliest of three die state for that marriage.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1833 H10C MS
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 125 200 260 280 325 370 465 600 950 1450 3375 5600 17000 - - -
$ 220 - 295 340 380 490 650 1050 1800 4200 6350 - -

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Total Graded: 627
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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2/20/2005 NGC MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 115 $489.00
8/1/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2073, 2073/Lot# 1266 $2,408.00
1/15/2008 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 7986 $322.00
2/5/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 35659 $1,072.50
11/25/2012 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 727, 736/Lot# 1036 $550.00
5/19/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115572 $971.05
1/5/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22817 $152.75
4/27/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 189651 $605.00
10/10/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14644 $76.38

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