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: $0.60 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 65.00 125 260 315 315 500 550 585 635 675 690 725 985 1325 1850 2850 - - - -
$ 350 525 575 625 660 690 725 800 1085 1475 2250 3950 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/24/2004 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5492 $9,775.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1470 $1,208.00
1/29/2009 NGC MS 64   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 8593 $920.00
5/17/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2693, 2693/Lot# 1418 $718.75
2/22/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6927 $587.50
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 97   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 285 $110.00
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# 98207 $5,581.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4113516327240962073583892898510661117113111731271160921972699424677701173614730
7214419931747965876986894710121083112111451205138318052364321454209092127340
0000007698689471012108311211145120513831805236432145420909200
00000080389896610391100112611591238149620012531373065951041400
1868 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45147179295442663785893986104711311185120012431345169723082828442780521211815182
79157217344515703821924100610751149119012141277146219002481336156359407131390
00000082192410061075114911901214127714621900248133615635940700
000000857955102611031167119512281311157921042654389468431076200
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2828
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1609
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
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