Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 815,000
Catalog: KM-62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.67 (5/25/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 H10C MS obverse 1842 H10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

1842 Philadelphia Mint half dimes are available in all grades through MS 64, but gems are scarce. Most are reasonably well struck, but die erosion is often evident in the denticles. This seems to affect the reverse in particular, most likely because reverse dies could be used in more than one year until they failed altogether.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1842 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 18.50 24.00 29.00 65.00 125 130 150 165 210 265 370 670 1400 2900 - - - -
$ 75.00 130 135 160 175 230 280 410 740 1600 3750 - -

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Total Graded: 176
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/9/1997 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0961, 961/Lot# 1279 $141.70
5/14/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22053, 22053/Lot# 15091 $1,092.50
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 537 $282.90
8/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3480 $920.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2415 $1,265.00
6/9/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 119428 $578.60
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4333 $705.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 7752 $329.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2960
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1357
Owner: Tom Fornicola
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