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: $0.57 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 286
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 547 $196.00
11/17/2004 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1963, 1963/Lot# 1196 $242.00
2/7/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 257 $356.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10474 $172.50
11/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34209 $352.50
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7466 $381.88
1/5/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159354 $28.50
5/10/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131520/Lot# 25130 $164.50

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