Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 781,000
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: $0.68 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 H10C MS obverse 1851 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite its lower than usual mintage, the 1851 Philadelphia Mint half dime is readily available across all grades. It is disproportionately common in Mint State due to the hoarding of silver coins at a time when they were worth more than their equivalent face value in gold coins. These hoards were often forgotten until discovered decades later, at which time the coins already had collector value.

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Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1851 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.70 25.50 32.00 50.00 93.00 135 150 170 195 235 260 285 450 650 1320 1800 5625 14000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 179
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: 10/22/2019 1851 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-17714311117-2112735301641--179
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Total1-17714311117-2112735311641--180
 1 %-1 %4 %4 %1 %2 %2 %1 %6 %9 %-1 %6 %15 %19 %17 %9 %2 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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4/8/1998 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1039, 1039/Lot# 1255 $207.10
4/19/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 472, 478/Lot# 200 $494.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14278 $649.78
3/2/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28231 $123.38
10/12/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 138000 $225.00
2/7/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131607/Lot# 25082 $305.50
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15278 $1,292.50


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