Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 781,000
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: $0.57 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 H10C MS obverse 1851 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite its lower than usual mintage, the 1851 Philadelphia Mint half dime is readily available across all grades. It is disproportionately common in Mint State due to the hoarding of silver coins at a time when they were worth more than their equivalent face value in gold coins. These hoards were often forgotten until discovered decades later, at which time the coins already had collector value.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1851 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 18.50 24.00 29.00 55.00 125 130 150 185 250 285 360 660 1375 2000 5500 15000 - -
$ 60.00 130 135 160 200 270 315 400 750 1600 2800 9400 -

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Total Graded: 160
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/9/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0935, 935/Lot# 1165 $98.10
2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 6168 $891.25
1/30/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Online Session #391, 391/Lot# 28859 $103.50
4/19/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 472, 478/Lot# 200 $494.50
7/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 7800 $460.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14278 $649.78
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34187 $822.50
10/12/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 138000 $225.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2464
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1345
Owner: Coin Maven
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