Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 161,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.61 (3/29/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 S H10C MS obverse 1871 S H10C MS reverse

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There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Following the unique 1870 issue, the coining of half dimes at the San Francisco Mint declined this year from the highs of 1868-69. Even so, 1871 S half dimes are fairly common in worn condition. Only Mint State pieces are moderately scarce, with gems being truly rare.

All 1871 S half dimes carry their mintmarks within the wreath, a position first adopted for the unique 1870 S specimen. Though the norm for half dimes made 1838-59, such placement on coins having the broad wreath of this type was employed only in 1870-72. This may have been done to improve the striking quality of Liberty's head or the mintmark itself, but if so, this move was achieved little success. Weak or filled mintmarks are still found on such coins.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1871 S H10C MS
Base $ 19.00 25.00 38.00 60.00 88.00 88.00 180 200 220 250 300 325 350 470 925 2550 4000 - - - -
$ 100.00 190 210 235 270 320 340 380 525 1150 2900 - - -

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Total Graded: 119
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
8/19/1996 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0868, 868/Lot# 1271 $463.25
5/28/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 40 $4,600.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7771 $322.00
2/24/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7039 $2,501.25
8/28/2011 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/28/2011, 133/Lot# 15704 $451.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 929 $391.00
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 110601 $556.23
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4338 $148.05

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S H10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: Tom Fornicola
Grade: AU 55
Points: 663
Owner: Halfdime Collector
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