Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 7,280,000
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: $0.60 (12/9/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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 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: 11/27/2019

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1857 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 20.00 25.00 30.00 55.00 90.00 135 145 150 155 170 180 215 330 470 775 975 3050 9700 - -
$ - - - - - - - 240 - 675 975 2700 5500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 889
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, 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: 12/3/2019 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16129291227171838862321001462088942141--889
----------1-----------1
---------------4126---13
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Total16129291227171838872321001462129044201--903
 0 %1 %1 %1 %3 %1 %3 %2 %2 %4 %10 %0 %4 %11 %16 %23 %10 %5 %2 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/28/1997 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0949, 949/Lot# 1247 $152.60
11/9/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24113, 24113/Lot# 13327 $441.60
3/25/2010 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 465, 471/Lot# 7274 $316.25
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 917 $253.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6921 $405.38
12/22/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138002 $165.00
10/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3502, 6056/Lot# 22029 $99.88
9/9/2016 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(5), 1244/Lot# 15031 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637698127255288450463489515539597725865127116782161393562091035813094
606783108170266342454472498523558640772100014071839275246937592112700
00000034245447249852355864077210001407183927524693759200
00000039645948050653157868281811361542200033445451897500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2161
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2161
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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