Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,069,150
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.68 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 H10C MS obverse 1839 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was another high mintage issue that is readily available in circulated grades. Mint State pieces are not rare, but they were saved in smaller numbers than the 1838 edition.

Most 1839 half dimes were reasonably well struck, with only some lack of definition in the denticles. The stars were hand punched into each obverse die, and their relative positions will vary a bit.

One obverse die features repunched numerals 39 in the date, but this has not enjoyed much attention from collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2019

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1839 H10C MS
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Base $ 25.50 27.00 36.00 40.00 120 195 220 230 275 305 355 425 490 845 2050 4350 7100 16500 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 324
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 10/22/2019 1839 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1--11712451638-163551603719111--324
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Total-1--11712451638-163551613721111--327
 -0 %--3 %2 %4 %1 %2 %5 %12 %-5 %11 %16 %19 %11 %6 %3 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 385 $7,475.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7267 $345.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1098 $2,300.00
10/21/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/21/2012, 45/Lot# 80063 $375.11
7/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3440, 3440/Lot# 1242 $220.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14666 $182.13
6/14/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131525/Lot# 27439 $211.50
12/13/2018 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(1), 1282/Lot# 3261 $1,860.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 H10C MS Prooflike
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1839 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727685115143351437620653695764820882100511661634268533864565484753227022
737995124212380498631667718783841923105913221984291937794659500558890
000000498631667718783841923105913221984291937794659500500
000000559642681741801861964111214782335315241724753516400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1166
Owner: Moxking
 
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