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: $0.67 (10/22/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 1063
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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10/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98180
11/2/2014 VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10082
11/10/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1211/Lot# 3316


Auction Prices Realized

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5/1/2003 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 5847 $5,290.00
1/24/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #25, 29/Lot# 149 $782.00
2/28/2007 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2334, 2334/Lot# 1257 $358.40
8/14/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 August Milwaukee, WI Final Session #445, 445/Lot# 7663 $1,391.50
5/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3921 $2,990.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2243 $690.00
6/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7597 $411.25
2/9/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 163193 $1,596.10
8/10/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25251 $223.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 SEATED H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3819815527245062076486392510111066108811241309179928343712640011470181481
298611719433150666879788395310291073110011851472214431264608809013696181480
0000006687978839531029107311001185147221443126460880901369600
0000007168309049821047108011121247163524893419550497801592200
1837 SEATED H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base0000000000000000000000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3712
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3675
Owner: BillJones
 
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