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 (10/6/2015)
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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5/28/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1682 $1,667.50
11/1/2009 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2765, 2765/Lot# 1503 $241.50
12/4/2011 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/04/2011, 147/Lot# 27307 $353.10
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1286 $977.50
2/24/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 51047 $143.73
8/8/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7488 $440.63
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7595 $646.25
12/8/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 792 $30.51

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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