Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 88,600
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: $0.52 (8/28/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 H10C MS obverse 1868 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

During the Civil War and for several years afterward silver coinage was struck at the Philadelphia Mint only to provide for those few depositors of silver who requested coin (most preferred to receive their bullion in the form of refined bars). Half dime coinage resulted almost solely from the need to pay off fractional dollars on such deposits.

Mint State 1868(P) half dimes are very scarce, and a higher than usual percentage of them are prooflike. This is easily explained by the low mintage for this issue, as the dies weren't used long enough to entirely lose their original brilliance. Attractive circulated pieces are as rare or more so, though obviously less highly sought.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1868 H10C MS
Base $ 50.00 65.00 125 260 315 500 550 585 635 690 725 985 1325 1850 2850 - - - -
$ 350 525 575 625 660 725 800 1085 1475 2250 3950 - -

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Total Graded: 75
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/24/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0930, 930/Lot# 1153 $2,193.50
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1862 $603.75
2/23/2005 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6147 $920.00
1/29/2009 NGC MS 64   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 8593 $920.00
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3212 $1,495.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3233 $2,070.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 64   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1687 $1,410.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30356 $799.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 H10C MS
1868 H10C MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2936
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1989
Owner: Tom Fornicola
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