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: $0.94 (6/25/2021)
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: 6/18/2021

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1857 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 30.00 55.00 90.00 120 145 150 155 165 185 230 330 500 850 1125 3400 9700 - -
$ - - - - - - - 240 - 675 975 2700 5500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 912
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: 6/22/2021 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base171210311330171841872331041482088945151--912
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---------------4118---14
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Total171210311330171841882331041482129046231--927
 0%1%1%1%3%1%3%2%2%4%9%0%4%11%16%23%10%5%2%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59637698127255288450463489515539597725865127116782161393562091035813094
6067831081702663424544724985235586407721000140718392752469375921127013749
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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