Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,740,000
Catalog: KM-76
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.59 (11/27/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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Description & Analysis

Though the Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes fell by more than half from 1853, the mintage for 1854 was still quite large for this series. The 1854(P) half dime is fairly common across all grades through MS 65. Collectors will want to shop for a well struck example from fresh dies, and they should also avoid the frequently seen die-clash impressions, which are distracting on a type coin.

Minor repunched date varieties are known, but the most appealing variety is the one in which the date was placed too high and overlaps Liberty's base.

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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1854 ARROWS H10C MS
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Base $ 18.00 22.00 26.00 34.00 68.00 68.00 140 160 170 190 215 230 290 350 650 1600 4100 14000 - - -
$ 75.00 150 170 180 205 230 245 320 385 850 1950 5500 26000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 612
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/4/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Sale #137, 137/Lot# 5265 $1,347.50
2/2/2000 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1266, 1266/Lot# 1349 $92.65
2/13/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 463 $218.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1309 $1,552.50
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1281 $1,840.00
7/7/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131329/Lot# 20155 $50.00
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 167555 $188.22


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