Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 798,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (2/28/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 H10C MS obverse 1860 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was transferred to the obverse of the dime and half dime beginning in 1860. The simple wreath utilized previously was replaced with a much more elaborate one that did not provide sufficient space for the former legend. J. B. Longacre refined the R. B. Hughes figure of Liberty from 1840 for the obverse, and he is generally credited with the wreath device, as well. Some claim, however, may be made for A. C. Paquet having created this wreath, as the tall, narrow lettering used on both sides is characteristic of his work.

Despite a relatively modest mintage, this issue is plentiful across all grades through MS 66. The novelty of this design probably accounts for such availability, as there were at least several hundred active collectors of United States coins by 1860.

Most 1860(P) half dimes are well struck, and finding a nice example will not be difficult. The only notable variety features a complete repunching of the date clockwise to the first impression, though careful overlapping rendered only the first and last duplicate numberals visible. A minor doubled-die obverse variety features doubling of the legend, but this variety has attracted little attention.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1860 H10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 21.00 25.00 28.00 55.00 95.00 120 145 165 175 200 255 310 445 750 1100 2400 11800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 526
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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5/5/1997 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0942, 942/Lot# 1251 $152.60
2/24/2003 NGC MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 311 $978.00
1/23/2012 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 656, 663/Lot# 2129 $754.40
3/25/2012 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43174 $31.01
6/5/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3162 $1,175.00
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131403/Lot# 24526 $381.88
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5541 $141.00
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25715 $141.00
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98166 $2,115.00


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