Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,230,000
Catalog: KM-47
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.35g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.74 (9/29/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/2/2015

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1829 H10C MS
Base $ 60.00 78.00 90.00 135 200 290 310 390 425 450 525 650 1125 1850 3250 6500 17250 - - -
$ 220 - 325 410 440 - 550 700 1300 2100 4100 7500 27500 -

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Total Graded: 728
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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9/21/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 2002 $805.00
5/29/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 600 $207.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1727 $750.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 341 $862.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 898 $380.00
9/24/2012 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3352, 3352/Lot# 1348 $241.50
6/4/2014 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 9449 $558.13
6/22/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 115677 $93.50
7/27/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131431/Lot# 21050 $119.85

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