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: $0.62 (5/27/2017)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1856 H10C MS
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Base $ 17.00 20.00 24.00 32.00 65.00 125 135 150 165 175 195 260 375 600 1275 1800 5200 19750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 660 1375 2350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 490
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/16/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Bullet Sale #141, 141/Lot# 1121 $209.00
11/7/1998 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #193, 193/Lot# 129 $330.00
4/14/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2000 Santa Clara April Bullet Sale #221, 221/Lot# 128 $575.00
5/5/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6490 $1,150.00
6/13/2007 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2381, 2381/Lot# 1201 $44.00
11/25/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 81547 $28.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14681 $88.13
12/7/2014 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 388 $425.00


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