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: $0.57 (8/4/2015)
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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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: 5/6/2014

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1851 O H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 22.00 32.00 47.00 125 220 245 285 350 600 660 925 1375 3950 7750 15750 - - -
$ 140 240 265 310 385 650 750 1075 1875 4650 10000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/4/1996 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #148, 148/Lot# 131 $357.50
8/27/1997 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0975, 975/Lot# 1224 $517.75
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1271 $8,625.00
11/7/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7586 $276.00
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
5/19/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 99845 $110.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5525 $217.38
10/5/2014 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 824, 833/Lot# 88 $240.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63678913119043747766371579390811381271134516342029342746306209656171559255
647410315127245053968074183198511821296144117662495382851566326675978550
00000053968074183198511821296144117662495382851566326675900
000000601698767870106112271320153818972961422956836444695700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1634
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: JTO
 
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