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: $0.57 (12/17/2014)
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: 5/6/2014

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1868 S H10C MS
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Base $ 17.00 19.00 28.00 35.00 67.00 67.00 150 190 240 300 320 340 475 625 1075 2600 8000 - - - -
$ 75.00 170 215 265 315 340 375 525 750 1250 3400 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/11/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 1237 $109.00
2/20/2005 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1066 $978.00
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 7873 $460.00
10/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 625, 632/Lot# 6541 $828.00
3/25/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131214/Lot# 25331 $718.75
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104628 $237.71
11/15/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34206 $282.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14692 $88.13


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