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 (4/26/2015)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 838
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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4/26/2015 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3748


Auction Prices Realized

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10/7/1995 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1995 October Long Beach Signature Sale #144, 144/Lot# 5849 $1,265.00
12/24/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1009, 1009/Lot# 1200 $327.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1979 $1,006.25
10/6/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 625, 632/Lot# 6540 $805.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138002 $155.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1394 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637698127255288450463489515539597725865127116782161393562091035813094
606783108170266342454472498523558640772100014071839275246937592112700
00000034245447249852355864077210001407183927524693759200
00000039645948050653157868281811361542200033445451897500
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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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