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: $0.59 (3/3/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 50.00 50.00 95.00 115 120 140 165 185 245 280 500 985 2000 6750 - - -
$ 55.00 100.00 120 130 150 175 205 270 315 625 1100 2600 - -

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Total Graded: 627
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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9/19/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1612 $2,760.00
5/7/2007 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2364, 2364/Lot# 1290 $224.00
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8218 $199.75
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131329/Lot# 20162 $56.00
5/18/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 191301 $85.80
6/1/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 62 $75.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30205 $11,750.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5544 $99.88

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