Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,280,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (7/6/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 H10C MS obverse 1857 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is another of the high mintage issues typical of the 1853-58 period. The Mint Act of 1853 which lowered the weights of the half dime through half dollar specified that these coins were to paid out by the Treasury only in exchange for gold, and this was intended to prevent them from becoming a redundant nuisance. Instead, Mint Director James R. Snowden paid them out in exchange for deposits of either gold or silver, and mintages thus exploded from this trade that was so profitable to holders of silver. His misguided attempt at ending the silver coin shortage of 1850-53 was finally brought to an end by his superior in 1858.

1857 half dimes are common in all grades through MS 65. Most, like the example illustrated, are poorly struck. This flaw is almost always present in the coins' borders, but Liberty's head and foot are also found less than fully formed. Attempts to correct these problems by retouching the master hub were not successful, and an entirely new one was created in 1859.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1857 H10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 31.00 65.00 130 135 145 155 190 250 325 600 970 1550 5350 15750 - -
$ 75.00 135 140 155 165 200 265 365 675 1025 2800 7000 -

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Total Graded: 812
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/16/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1897, 1897/Lot# 1271 $66.00
3/15/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 418 $977.50
3/25/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 465, 471/Lot# 7274 $316.25
9/4/2011 NGC MS 67   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 916 $2,128.00
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7806 $115.00
12/16/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131252/Lot# 24087 $38.00
2/9/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169608 $32.00
10/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22029 $99.88
5/31/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3532, 6101/Lot# 20292 $99.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2161
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1678
Owner: kathy&barry
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