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: $0.60 (5/5/2015)
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 95.00 120 125 135 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 280
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 236 $920.00
2/13/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2000, 2000/Lot# 1105 $220.00
10/27/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 9103 $277.15
10/30/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/30/2011, 142/Lot# 22533 $143.00
8/4/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 763, 772/Lot# 101 $235.00
8/4/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131333/Lot# 28922 $82.00
7/6/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138006 $155.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138006 $155.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1148 $618.05


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