Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 H10C MS obverse 1858 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Though it enjoyed only half the mintage of 1857 Philadelphia Mint half dimes, this issue is more plentiful across all grades. Even gems are not too challenging to locate, though most will be less than fully struck.

This was the last of the high mintage half dimes for several years, as the Treasury Department clamped down of Mint Director Snowden's unauthorized policy of distributing fractional silver coins in exchange for deposits of silver bullion. Such coins were in oversupply until the Civil War led to hoarding in 1862, at which time all silver and gold disappeared from circulation except in the Far West.

Two of the more appealing varieties for the series are found with this issue. FS-301 has an entirely duplicated date, the first impression being far too high and then corrected. FS-302 is even more dramatic, with the first date impression being completely upside down. It's easy to see how this could happen, as all four figures of the date were applied with a single gang punch.

Far less spectacular, but still interesting, is the coin shown. Not only is it quite well struck for an 1858(P) half dime, but it also shows very prominent die-clash impressions from the dies striking one another multiple times due to a planchet mis-feed.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1858 H10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 30.00 63.00 125 130 145 155 205 260 340 625 970 1500 4000 14000 - -
$ 70.00 - 135 150 160 220 285 375 700 1025 2450 6500 -

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Total Graded: 753
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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10/28/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98160

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4/28/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0940, 940/Lot# 1185 $70.85
11/15/2000 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20113, 20113/Lot# 3247 $86.00
1/23/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 71, 76/Lot# 250 $1,058.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 442 $196.00
2/26/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/26/2012, 9/Lot# 35092 $17.00
3/23/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 181009 $662.20
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5539 $111.63
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7472 $822.50
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3750 $1,150.33

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 H10C MS
1858 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3730
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3730
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
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