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: $0.58 (12/27/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 H10C MS obverse 1870 H10C MS reverse


  
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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: 7/18/2014

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1870 H10C MS
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Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 45.00 45.00 95.00 120 125 135 155 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 275
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/11/1997 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 163 $528.00
7/27/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2071, 2071/Lot# 1338 $99.00
9/4/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 60 $345.00
7/12/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 479 $920.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1265 $402.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10474 $172.50
1/26/2014 NGC MS 68   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1050 $10,869.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 215447 $300.00


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