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: $0.70 (7/5/2020)
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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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1834 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 86.00 115 115 185 245 275 325 360 400 475 650 950 1430 2750 5750 17000 31000 - -
$ 205 - 290 340 370 - 500 675 1050 1750 3850 6250 - -
1834 H10C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - 195 365 520 535 560 650 750 820 975 1380 1880 3750 7500 27000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 713
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1834 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base26793419251717371031437994105663681--709
---------------1-11---3
----------------21----3
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Total26793419251717371031437994106683891--715
 0%1%1%1%5%3%3%2%2%5%14%0%6%11%13%15%10%5%1%0%-- 
1834 H10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------121-----4
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Total--------------121-----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20122027232040958667471577486592599011031333165820683009406464007651147820
2072372883504686156887358048859471028118014411795238233614843681710028147820
000000688735804885947102811801441179523823361484368171002800
000000701754835905968106512561550193126953712562172341240500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4064
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3009
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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