Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,405,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $1.05 (8/11/2020)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1837 SEATED H10C MS obverse 1837 SEATED H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Christian Gobrecht's Seated Liberty figure debuted on the limited issue of silver dollars dated 1836, but these were little seen by the public. For most Americans this design was not known until it was adapted to dimes and half dimes in the summer of 1837.

The first mintage of 1837 Seated Liberty Half Dimes occurred July 25, and these early pieces featured the so-called Large Date with its pointed top to numeral 1. As the first variety to appear, these coins comprise the majority of surviving Mint State examples. The Small Date (photos) emission came later and was not as widely saved, as the novelty of a new coin type had already dissipated. Even so, a fair number of Mint State examples are known, this condition caused in large part by a nationwide depression that drove gold and silver coins from circulation until better times returned.

Most coins of this date were well struck, though the border denticles are often incomplete. Die erosion and clashing is frequently evident on surviving coins as unevenness in the fields and raised, inverted impressions of the opposite die. The example illustrated displays a prominent die break along the outside of Liberty's left leg.

A popular variety is the Large Date die having all four numerals of the date repunched north of the first impression, which was touching the denticles.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1837 SEATED H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 85.00 115 185 340 470 500 545 600 680 715 750 1085 1280 2800 4550 20500 36000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1173
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 8/11/2020 1837 SEATED H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1541154215435427012055310313324212383131--1173
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--------------21421---10
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Total1541154215435427012055310513624412886152--1191
 0%0%0%1%5%2%5%3%4%6%10%0%4%9%11%20%11%7%1%0%-- 
1837 SEATED H10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
------------------1---1
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Total------------------1---1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1837 SEATED H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base768198155272450620764863925101110661088112413091799283437126400114701814822243
788711719433150766879788495410291073110011861472214431274608809013696195130
0000006687978849541029107311001186147221443127460880901369600
0000007168309049821048108111121247163624893419550497801592200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5367
Owner: urbanski
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3712
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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