Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 340,000
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: $0.87 (9/29/2020)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 9/18/2020

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1859 H10C MS
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Base $ 23.50 29.50 37.00 55.00 95.00 135 150 175 180 240 260 285 390 570 1100 1680 3825 12950 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 700 - 2200 6550 28500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 247
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 9/29/2020 1859 H10C MS
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Base---423354815-152426643028124--247
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Total---423354815-152426653031134--252
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1859 H10C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6367811151632983204775155635866207058651044133321242585373060891178614788
647292131208305372490531571597648758925114015972278296745167988127870
00000037249053157159764875892511401597227829674516798800
00000042550254757860967781298412371860243133485303988700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4516
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2124
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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