Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,280,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.64 (10/26/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 H10C MS obverse 1857 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is another of the high mintage issues typical of the 1853-58 period. The Mint Act of 1853 which lowered the weights of the half dime through half dollar specified that these coins were to paid out by the Treasury only in exchange for gold, and this was intended to prevent them from becoming a redundant nuisance. Instead, Mint Director James R. Snowden paid them out in exchange for deposits of either gold or silver, and mintages thus exploded from this trade that was so profitable to holders of silver. His misguided attempt at ending the silver coin shortage of 1850-53 was finally brought to an end by his superior in 1858.

1857 half dimes are common in all grades through MS 65. Most, like the example illustrated, are poorly struck. This flaw is almost always present in the coins' borders, but Liberty's head and foot are also found less than fully formed. Attempts to correct these problems by retouching the master hub were not successful, and an entirely new one was created in 1859.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1857 H10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.50 24.00 31.00 65.00 130 135 145 155 165 190 250 325 600 970 1625 4800 15750 - -
$ 75.00 - 140 155 160 - 200 265 365 675 1025 2800 7000 -

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Total Graded: 845
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/2006 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 634 $1,380.00
8/7/2007 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27082, 27082/Lot# 11190 $31.00
11/2/2008 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2606, 2606/Lot# 1395 $109.25
5/5/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 750, 759/Lot# 108 $85.00
7/6/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 138002 $155.00
10/8/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3339 $3,055.00
11/9/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25186 $112.80
11/9/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24874 $58.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2161
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1678
Owner: kathy&barry
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