Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 350,000
Catalog: KM-62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.65 (11/26/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 O H10C MS obverse 1842 O H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1842 O half dime is scarce across all grades, and Mint State pieces are genuinely rare. Quality seemed to improve at the New Orleans Mint this year, and those few unworn examples seen tend to be well struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1842 O H10C MS
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Base $ 32.00 45.00 75.00 190 550 550 875 1250 1575 1875 2050 2275 2500 3100 7250 15250 29500 - - - -
$ 625 975 1350 1700 1975 2200 2450 2700 3600 9000 19000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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8/19/1995 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Sale #139, 139/Lot# 5970 $4,180.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 944 $11,500.00
1/23/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211021/Lot# 20845 $89.00
10/9/2011 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1564 $63.25
11/29/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8159 $99.88
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4334 $336.05
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1345 $38.00
10/8/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7549 $587.50


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