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: $0.65 (2/23/2017)
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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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 543 $220.80
2/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 7458 $161.00
2/27/2011 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3021, 3021/Lot# 1456 $948.75
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1283 $675.63
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 113183 $480.70
1/29/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7270 $940.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1141 $137.48
10/28/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98155 $1,410.00


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