Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 668,000
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: $0.61 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1848 H10C MS obverse 1848 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This issue is not rare, but it is noticeably less available across all grades than the most common dates of the 1840s. The Mint State population is thin but probably adequate for the small circle of advanced collectors.

The standout variety for 1848 is the Large Date. This die was punched with the logotype for the dime, and the date intrudes well into Liberty's base. This is quite rare and highly sought. Of lesser rarity is the 1848/48 with normal, Medium Date, but this is likewise popular. There are old claims of 1848/7 and 1848/6 varieties, but those underlying numerals are uncertain.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1848 H10C MS
Base $ 17.00 21.00 27.00 40.00 85.00 175 190 210 265 365 470 560 1475 3050 5000 - - - -
$ - - 200 235 275 435 515 600 1800 3800 - - -

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Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/13/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0988, 988/Lot# 1210 $1,404.00
1/30/2006 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Online Session #391, 391/Lot# 28845 $86.25
1/6/2011 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5014 $488.75
7/8/2012 NGC F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 57173 $67.34
4/28/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20904 $199.75
2/26/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7215 $446.50
3/31/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32741 $1,001.10
5/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98167 $14,100.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1848 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5897
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3817
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
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