Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
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: $0.85 (9/30/2020)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 H10C PF obverse 1859 H10C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Mint's proof production of 800 sets proved to be more than the market could bear, and an unknown number of these coins went unsold and were consigned to the melting pot. The actual net mintage is unknown.

The Philadelphia Mint half dimes of 1859 feature Anthony C. Paquet's interpretation of the Seated Liberty figure, and this was its only usage on the regular proofs. Liberty has a restyled head, her posture is more upright and the stars have hollow centers. This model was rejected for subsequent coinage, though it did appear on the rare transitional patterns of 1859-60.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1859 H10C PF
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1859 H10C PF CA
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1859 H10C PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 224
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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 PF
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Base-----------28234661461561--208
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Total-----------28234662471661--211
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1859 H10C PF CA
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Base------------1-35311---14
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Total------------1-35313---16
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1859 H10C PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 H10C PF CA
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Base1072110711421179121712551294133313741417145915021648180319692781374745656324668272849410
1084111911541192123012681307134713881431147315511700185822403103402051516443688379930
0000001307134713881431147315511700185822403103402051516443688300
0000001320136014031445148815991751191425103425429257386563708300
1859 H10C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24212484254926152682275128212893296530393115319134443711399342914604493574877892857210961
2442250625712637270527742845291729903064314032753533380540924395471457867622811993680
0000002845291729903064314032753533380540924395471457867622811900
0000002869294130143090316633603622389941924500482566367757834500
1859 H10C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base84487290393396499610301063109811321170120613331477186523353406411161298727945912023
853882913943975100710411075110911451182124813811606202226923641478469958971103140
0000001041107511091145118212481381160620222692364147846995897100
0000001052108611211157119412911429173621783049387654567861921500
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Grade: PF 63
Points: 1865
Owner: Halfdime Collector
 
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