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 (5/25/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1833 H10C MS
Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 125 200 260 280 325 370 390 465 600 950 1450 3375 5600 17000 - - -
$ 220 - 295 340 380 - 490 650 1050 1800 4200 6350 - -

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Total Graded: 651
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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6/11/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1256/Lot# 3335

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7/31/1993 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6088 $4,070.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 626 $1,495.00
4/13/2006 NGC MS 66   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 2189, 2189/Lot# 1065 $6,496.00
2/5/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 331, 337/Lot# 6925 $548.55
10/13/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7780 $276.00
4/1/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7588 $176.25
4/27/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 189651 $605.00
3/3/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1233/Lot# 3719 $889.48

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