Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 860,000
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: $0.62 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O H10C MS obverse 1851 O H10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This is one of several issues dated 1850-53 that are more commonly seen than their mintages would suggest. The answer is found in the falling price of gold after the vast discoveries in California and Australia. This made silver more valuable in relation to gold and prompted the hoarding of all silver coins. It thus created a time capsule for United States fractional silver pieces that has benefitted generations of collectors.

The only deterrent to finding an attractive 1851 O half dime will be the usual weakness of strike that afflicts so many New Orleans Mint coins.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1851 O H10C MS
Base $ 17.00 22.00 32.00 47.00 125 220 245 285 350 600 660 925 1375 3950 7800 15750 - - -
$ 140 - 265 310 385 - 750 1075 1875 4650 10000 - -

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Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/4/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1353, 1353/Lot# 1185 $654.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1271 $8,625.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7285 $546.25
11/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8181 $164.50
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7775 $246.75
6/5/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3156 $2,643.75
8/25/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131336/Lot# 24067 $129.25
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3750 $282.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216678 $51.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O H10C MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1634
Owner: Coin Maven
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: JTO
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