Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,360,000
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: $0.53 (7/29/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 H10C MS obverse 1861 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was one of the larger mintages in the half dime series, and examples are common across all grades through MS 64. When both the Treasury and banks suspended specie payment as a result of the Civil War, many of these coins were hoarded for their intrinsic value and were thus spared from wear.

The so-called 1861/0 half dime is fairly common and is now thought to be simply the result of a defective date punch. Therefore, NGC no longer recognizes this as a variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/18/2014

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1861 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 50.00 95.00 115 120 140 185 245 280 500 985 2000 6750 - - -
$ 55.00 100.00 120 130 150 205 270 315 625 1100 2600 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 635
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/15/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25034, 25034/Lot# 13208 $836.05
3/6/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5326 $460.00
11/12/2008 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2611, 2611/Lot# 1232 $115.00
6/29/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 115690 $77.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5459729410220122035140942347753958671578311381692246443614634976612389
5663799713520726437041444149855562973890113231949309644526345106400
0000002643704144414985556297389011323194930964452634500
00000030739041845951857067276010201507220737294543805500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2464
Owner: MCB1980
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1138
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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