Coin Specifications

Category: Early Half Dimes (1792-1837)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,480,000
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 1.3500g
ASW: 0.0387oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1834 H10C MS obverse 1834 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The seemingly high mintage of 1834 half dimes is misleading, as this number for the pieces struck during 1834 includes many dated 1832 and 1833, with even earlier dates being possible. The U. S. Mint was quite thrifty and did not discard dies that were still useable. This practice lasted until Robert M. Patterson became Director in 1835 and forbade it.

There are just five die marriages known from the combining of three obverses and three reverses. None are rare, with only LM-3 and LM-5 being moderately scarce. The most popular variety is LM-1 in which numeral 3 was first punched into the die upside down. This feature is somewhat less visible on LM-3, which shares that obverse die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2017

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1834 H10C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 85.00 115 185 245 275 325 360 400 475 650 950 1425 3000 5750 17000 27000 - -
$ 205 - 290 340 370 - 500 675 1050 1750 3850 6250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 664
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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11/4/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16340
11/4/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 19393


Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 295 $4,485.00
11/20/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 114, 119/Lot# 516 $1,150.00
8/19/2013 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3444, 3444/Lot# 1280 $235.00
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 137990 $185.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3328 $1,351.25
5/19/2015 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers May 2015 Pogue Collection, 6071/Lot# 1024 $25,850.00
  PCGS MS 64   Bonhams $1,170.00
10/30/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131645/Lot# 25162 $329.00


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