Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 798,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.51 (11/28/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1860 H10C MS obverse 1860 H10C MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


Click on a coin to see VarietyPlus details.

Description & Analysis

The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was transferred to the obverse of the dime and half dime beginning in 1860. The simple wreath utilized previously was replaced with a much more elaborate one that did not provide sufficient space for the former legend. J. B. Longacre refined the R. B. Hughes figure of Liberty from 1840 for the obverse, and he is generally credited with the wreath device, as well. Some claim, however, may be made for A. C. Paquet having created this wreath, as the tall, narrow lettering used on both sides is characteristic of his work.

Despite a relatively modest mintage, this issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 66. The novelty of this design probably accounts for such availability, as there were at least several hundred active collectors of United States coins by 1860.

Most 1860(P) half dimes are well struck, and finding a nice example will not be difficult. The only notable variety features a complete repunching of the date clockwise to the first impression, though careful overlapping rendered only the first and last duplicate numberals visible. A minor doubled-die obverse variety features doubling of the legend, but this variety has attracted little attention.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1860 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.50 24.00 27.00 52.00 90.00 115 135 155 180 240 270 500 875 1475 3400 12000 - -
$ 60.00 - 125 145 160 - - 310 575 1050 2100 4900 -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 525
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
5/21/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0947, 947/Lot# 1214 $1,188.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 67   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1468 $3,450.00
5/28/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 867 $4,485.00
1/9/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211013/Lot# 24585 $833.75
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3493 $862.50
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 3901 $949.40
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187612 $422.40
7/11/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5542 $182.13
10/5/2014 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 824, 833/Lot# 95 $110.00

Related Articles

The Last Half Dimes

9/1/2005  — The future of the silver half dime looked bright in 1860, when the U. S. Mint debuted a new version of the familiar Seated Liberty design.
View full article >

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer