Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 340,000
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 (10/25/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 H10C MS obverse 1859 H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint half dime of 1859 is an anomaly. It bears Assistant Engraver Anthony C. Paquet's interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure, while the New Orleans issue of that year retained the old Hughes figure from 1840.

Paquet created a slimmer Liberty having hair that looks more like a bonnet. The ribbon inscribed LIBERTY is more curved and the letters are taller. Finally, the obverse stars have hollow centers. This Liberty hub was ultimately rejected in favor of yet another new one for 1860 that lasted through the end of the series in 1873, making the 1859(P) half dime desirable as a one-year-only type coin.

Despite its modest mintage, this issue is not rare in Mint State. Only at the MS 65 level does it become challenging to locate. In addition, most pieces are quite well struck.

The Valentine and Breen references list several obverse dies having repunched dates, yet it appears that at least a couple of these may be different states of the same die. NGC will attribute the most complete and prominent RPD under its VarietyPlus Service.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1859 H10C MS
Base $ 17.00 20.00 28.00 40.00 78.00 140 155 175 185 200 240 325 435 650 1500 2200 4850 15000 - -
$ 85.00 - 165 180 195 - - - 475 750 1750 2500 6000 25000

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Total Graded: 243
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/31/1993 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6144 $242.00
11/1/1999 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1230, 1230/Lot# 1215 $185.30
11/26/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 431, 437/Lot# 7199 $230.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 65   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2423 $1,409.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1288 $4,846.88
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33075 $2,585.00
8/31/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216550 $234.00
3/10/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1143 $458.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4699
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1044
Owner: pulver set
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