Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 280,000
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: $0.51 (11/27/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1868 S H10C MS obverse 1868 S H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Coinage of the half dime more than doubled at the San Francisco from 1867, and this was indicative of a trend that affected other silver denominations, too. While there was little use for a five-cent piece in the inflated economy of the West, such coins were needed to pay off depositors of silver to the exact cent.

Mint State examples of this issue are more plentiful than for earlier San Francisco half dimes in direct proportion to their higher mintage. Circulated pieces are likewise more common. This higher production wore out dies, and the coin illustrated displays numerous cracks and signs of die erosion.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1868 S H10C MS
Base $ 17.00 19.00 28.00 35.00 67.00 150 190 240 300 340 475 625 1075 2600 8000 - - - -
$ 75.00 - 215 265 315 - - 750 1250 3400 - - -

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Total Graded: 148
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 925 $201.00
12/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 642, 649/Lot# 1035 $1,955.00
9/30/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3355, 3355/Lot# 1664 $184.00
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104628 $237.71
3/20/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30002 $1,997.50
6/4/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 7721 $282.00
3/31/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32752 $182.13

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