Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,230,000
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1829 H10C MS obverse 1829 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Half dime coinage resumed in 1829 after a hiatus of more than 20 years. Chief Engraver William Kneass provided new designs based on the 1807 Capped Bust Liberty of John Reich.

There may have been problems in perfecting the dies, as this mintage utilized no less than six obverse dies and 10 reverses. These were combined to produce 18 die marriages. Three of the reverses featured three lines in each vertical red stripe of the shield, while the remainder used just two lines to form the stripes.

Rare marriages include LM-6, -9, -10, -11, -12 and -18, while LM-8 is the rarest of all. The remaining marriages are common or are just somewhat scarce.

These common varieties provide a fair number of Mint State pieces, and coins having just light wear are also readily available to the collector.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2017

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1829 H10C MS
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Base $ 60.00 78.00 90.00 135 200 290 310 390 425 450 525 650 1200 1650 3250 5350 14950 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 741
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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11/3/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 1 & 3 Eric P. Newman Collection Part IX US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1260/Lot# 15413


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4/25/2002 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 5413 $632.50
10/9/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 290, 296/Lot# 5443 $287.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 898 $380.00
3/27/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3249, 3249/Lot# 1080 $99.00
5/19/2013 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115571 $137.60
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 127864 $245.00
6/30/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20150 $205.63
1/10/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131603/Lot# 25603 $282.00
7/6/2017 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1257/Lot# 7257 $652.13


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