Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,370,000
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.67 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1833 H10C MS obverse 1833 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another fairly plentiful entry in the Capped Bust Half Dime series. The published mintage includes some dated 1832, but the use of three obverse dies and seven reverses indicates that plenty were minted with the date 1833. Like the example illustrated, many of these coins are poorly struck at their centers.

The same press might coin half dimes one day, dimes the next, and then half dimes again the day after that. Thus, the dies were frequently removed from the press, shelved and then reinstalled. Little care was taken to use the same die pair each time, with the result that the known dies for this date produced a total of 10 marriages.

Varieties LM-2 and LM-5 are the rare ones for 1833, with LM-6 being a little less so. LM-1 (photos) and LM-8 are slightly scarce, while the remaining marriages are all common. Illustrated is LM-4.1, the decimal numeral indicating that this is the earliest of three die state for that marriage.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2017

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1833 H10C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 125 200 260 280 325 370 390 465 600 950 1400 3200 5250 16500 - - -
$ 220 - 295 340 380 - 490 650 - 1800 3700 6350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 656
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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10/24/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2109, 2109/Lot# 1201 $224.00
6/25/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 1450 $517.50
1/29/2012 NGC MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2412 $604.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3753 $2,232.50
4/24/2013 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 1637 $3,290.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131329/Lot# 20129 $66.00
3/2/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 171269 $203.50
11/6/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 22145 $1,762.50


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