Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 535,000
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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1870 H10C MS obverse 1870 H10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes more than doubled from the previous, as deposits of silver for coining increased dramatically after 1867. This is the first truly common issue since 1862, and it set the pattern for the last few years of half dime coinage.

The example illustrated shows weakness at the lower part of the shield and the upper left portion of the wreath. These design elements were directly opposite one another, and the dies frequently failed to fill on coins of this type.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1870 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 45.00 95.00 120 125 135 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
$ 50.00 - - 130 145 - - 310 525 1100 2500 10575 -

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Total Graded: 288
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 234 $1,006.00
5/9/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Bullet Auction #373, 373/Lot# 679 $172.50
4/23/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2193, 2193/Lot# 1249 $504.00
10/30/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/30/2011, 142/Lot# 22533 $143.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6932 $170.38
6/23/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131327/Lot# 26070 $387.75
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 101 $235.00
5/10/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131520/Lot# 25130 $164.50

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