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: $0.61 (7/7/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 H10C MS obverse 1842 H10C MS reverse


  
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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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 177
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/9/1997 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0961, 961/Lot# 1279 $141.70
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 537 $282.90
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2415 $1,265.00
2/5/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 35660 $660.00
4/28/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20897 $182.13
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4333 $705.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7503 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545976981192552884374505025395636427549411357204829603165338037455068
56658310516426633844146751454758967981610801587235230283237350241860
00000033844146751454758967981610801587235230283237350200
00000038744648552755561671787912181818265630973308362300
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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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