Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,500,000
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 (10/16/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 H10C MS obverse 1858 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though it enjoyed only half the mintage of 1857 Philadelphia Mint half dimes, this issue is more plentiful across all grades. Even gems are not too challenging to locate, though most will be less than fully struck.

This was the last of the high mintage half dimes for several years, as the Treasury Department clamped down of Mint Director Snowden's unauthorized policy of distributing fractional silver coins in exchange for deposits of silver bullion. Such coins were in oversupply until the Civil War led to hoarding in 1862, at which time all silver and gold disappeared from circulation except in the Far West.

Two of the more appealing varieties for the series are found with this issue. FS-301 has an entirely duplicated date, the first impression being far too high and then corrected. FS-302 is even more dramatic, with the first date impression being completely upside down. It's easy to see how this could happen, as all four figures of the date were applied with a single gang punch.

Far less spectacular, but still interesting, is the coin shown. Not only is it quite well struck for an 1858(P) half dime, but it also shows very prominent die-clash impressions from the dies striking one another multiple times due to a planchet mis-feed.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1858 H10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 777
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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6/2/2001 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #264, 264/Lot# 476 $2,472.50
1/23/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 71, 76/Lot# 250 $1,058.00
5/10/2009 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2690, 2690/Lot# 1320 $1,437.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1310 $690.00
5/11/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 182090 $134.20
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131445/Lot# 24428 $112.80
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5113 $440.63
9/4/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131637/Lot# 23178 $354.85


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