Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 135,000
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: $0.70 (2/22/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS obverse 1853 NO ARROWS H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of half dimes at the 1837 standard was abortive in 1853, as a law was passed in February that lowered this coin's weight about 7% to offset the rise in price of silver bullion. Many of the unreleased pieces on hand were subsequently melted, and circulated examples of the arrowless edition are scarce. The number of surviving Mint State coins is proportionally higher than normal, as these were hoarded for their bullion value until being rediscovered by collectors decades later.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 141
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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11/3/1999 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1231, 1231/Lot# 1208 $2,461.00
5/31/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7971 $891.25
11/20/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 302, 308/Lot# 8004 $1,449.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 913 $949.00
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7778 $646.25
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 151500 $350.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98193 $12,925.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10010 $2,585.00
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3682 $2,509.80


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