Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 100
Catalog: KM-Pn277
Obverse Designer: Anthony C. Paquet
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.62 (5/23/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 TRANSITION J-267 H10C MS obverse 1860 TRANSITION J-267 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This oddity is not a regular part of the half dime series. Rather, it is a pattern coin that paired Anthony C. Paquet's 1859 Seated Liberty figure with the new reverse credited to James B. Longacre. Reportedly, just 100 pieces were coined, and it's likely that these were made for sale to collectors rather than for any practical need by the Mint. This die marriage is notable for its absence of a national identity.

These coins typically are poorly struck and slightly prooflike. Numerous planchet striations are also a common feature, and a deep die scratch from the left side of Liberty's base is a hallmark of this issue.


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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/30/1994 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Sale #122, 122/Lot# 6413 $1,870.00
9/15/1999 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1211, 1211/Lot# 1188 $6,784.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 444 $8,625.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1284 $7,312.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2416 $5,750.00
2/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3798 $4,553.13
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98201 $14,100.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3753 $7,637.50

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