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: $0.59 (10/4/2015)
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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Total Graded: 1085
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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8/7/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 6290 $1,092.50
9/20/2009 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1435 $776.25
11/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1475 $586.50
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 902 $460.00
12/8/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7732 $207.00
10/20/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 758 $60.00
2/3/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7411 $381.88
9/7/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 197604 $425.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 SEATED H10C MS
1837 SEATED H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3712
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3675
Owner: BillJones
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