Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
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: $0.69 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 H10C PF obverse 1842 H10C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Prior to the 1850s proof coins were struck without records being kept of the number produced; they were not treated as real money, and only the bullion had to be accounted for in ledgers. Thus, the number of 1842 half dimes coined is unknown, but fewer than ten are known today.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1842 H10C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15700 24500 33500 - - - -
1842 H10C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 112000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1842 H10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------111----3
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----------------1-----1
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Total---------------121----4
 ---------------25 %50 %25 %---- 
1842 H10C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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4/16/2008 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2378 $92,000.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4048 $28,200.00
1/8/2014 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5183 $82,250.00
7/27/2014 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 203491 $23,650.00
5/12/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98190 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 H10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3494366738474033422644254530463146964740480348445065529255285771706274497853113541190412473
355137273909409742924460456346524710476148164917514053705609620171917583902011537120930
00000045634652471047614816491751405370560962017191758390201153700
000000459746744725478248304991521654495690663173207718101871172000
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