Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,850
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (8/23/2019)
Diameter: 16.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1803 H10C MS obverse 1803 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Two obverse dies and two reverses were combined to create three marriages of 1803 half dimes. The obverse having a Small 8 was used just once, and this marriage (LM-1) is rare. LM-2 and LM-3 both employed the Large 8 obverse and are only scarce.

Like all half dimes of this type the 1803 issue was subject to very irregular striking quality. Some features will be sharp, while others may be quite weak or missing altogether. This is most noticeable where the deepest cavities of the dies are opposite one another, such as with Liberty's bosom and the clouds at upper right on the reverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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1803 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1380 1700 2400 3775 8125 9375 13000 15000 18500 20500 24000 29500 36500 52000 67500 - - - - -
$ 8750 - - - 19250 - - - - - 210000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1803 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base122414332166-1411------51
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Total122414332166-1411------51
 2 %4 %4 %8 %27 %6 %6 %4 %2 %12 %12 %-2 %8 %2 %2 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/19/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0816, 816/Lot# 309 $2,461.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1275 $19,890.00
2/3/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1246 $1,380.00
11/24/2013 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 779, 788/Lot# 759 $402.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 193543 $12,454.20
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5550 $170,375.00
5/19/2015 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers May 2015 Pogue Collection, 6071/Lot# 1014 $49,937.50
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3088 $11,162.50
1/6/2016 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 3682 $2,820.00
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1239/Lot# 5434 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138139315581753236832813747414143194431459146945049536756566616102261317317399234153209644795
122314481623195826723436387842004356448446254812515554635976781911208145811940426308363290
00000038784200435644844625481251555463597678191120814581194042630800
00000040094259439345374659493052615559629690221219015990214092920200
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Grade: VF 35
Points: 2368
Owner: BillJones
 
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