Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,405,000
Catalog: KM-60
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (9/3/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1837 SEATED H10C MS obverse 1837 SEATED H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Christian Gobrecht's Seated Liberty figure debuted on the limited issue of silver dollars dated 1836, but these were little seen by the public. For most Americans this design was not known until it was adapted to dimes and half dimes in the summer of 1837.

The first mintage of 1837 Seated Liberty Half Dimes occurred July 25, and these early pieces featured the so-called Large Date with its pointed top to numeral 1. As the first variety to appear, these coins comprise the majority of surviving Mint State examples. The Small Date (photos) emission came later and was not as widely saved, as the novelty of a new coin type had already dissipated. Even so, a fair number of Mint State examples are known, this condition caused in large part by a nationwide depression that drove gold and silver coins from circulation until better times returned.

Most coins of this date were well struck, though the border denticles are often incomplete. Die erosion and clashing is frequently evident on surviving coins as unevenness in the fields and raised, inverted impressions of the opposite die. The example illustrated displays a prominent die break along the outside of Liberty's left leg.

A popular variety is the Large Date die having all four numerals of the date repunched north of the first impression, which was touching the denticles.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1081
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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9/20/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 3791
9/20/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3363
9/20/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3361
9/20/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3362


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3/1/2006 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 395 $8,625.00
9/29/2010 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2934, 2934/Lot# 1148 $437.00
10/28/2012 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 40792 $467.50
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7598 $705.00
12/1/2013 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 84 $620.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5505 $188.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1410 $1,840.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 SEATED H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base768198155272450620764863925101110661088112413091799283437126400114701814822243
788711719433150766879788495410291073110011861472214431274608809013696195130
0000006687978849541029107311001186147221443127460880901369600
0000007168309049821048108111121247163624893419550497801592200
1837 SEATED H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3712
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3675
Owner: BillJones
 
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