Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,880,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.58 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 H10C MS obverse 1856 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue was produced in large numbers, and worn examples are extremely common. Mint State pieces are fairly plentiful through the grade of MS 64. Many of these coins, however, are deficient in striking quality. The border denticles are flat or incomplete on most.

The only notable variety is a misplaced date having the lower loop of an 8 visible within Liberty's gown. Walter Breen's report of a doubled date is doubtful.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1856 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 25.00 31.00 51.00 87.00 135 140 145 150 170 180 260 375 575 1280 1800 5200 19750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 660 1380 2350 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 505
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: 7/16/2019 1856 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-125308158422561214182101633861--505
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Total-125308158422571214182101643861--507
 -0 %0 %1 %6 %2 %3 %2 %1 %4 %11 %0 %4 %8 %16 %20 %13 %7 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/21/2001 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21034, 21034/Lot# 4156 $120.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 543 $220.80
2/27/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3232, 3232/Lot# 1129 $21.00
4/8/2012 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 35090 $39.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9382 $940.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1141 $137.48
8/16/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131534/Lot# 27420 $182.13
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7432 $540.50


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