Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 815,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.67 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 H10C MS obverse 1842 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1842 Philadelphia Mint half dimes are available in all grades through MS 64, but gems are scarce. Most are reasonably well struck, but die erosion is often evident in the denticles. This seems to affect the reverse in particular, most likely because reverse dies could be used in more than one year until they failed altogether.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1842 H10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 20.00 24.00 35.00 78.00 135 145 155 175 195 215 275 400 715 1500 2700 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 180
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/25/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 1453 $603.75
5/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 173 $212.75
9/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2926, 2926/Lot# 1247 $184.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2415 $1,265.00
2/5/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 35660 $660.00
6/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7604 $528.75
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7485 $329.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4333 $705.00


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