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: $0.62 (5/28/2017)
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: 532
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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10/28/2001 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1499, 1499/Lot# 1042 $1,134.00
10/3/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #56, 61/Lot# 361 $161.00
9/4/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 5096 $13,225.00
3/25/2012 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43174 $31.01
7/27/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1699 $998.75
2/22/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131509/Lot# 21718 $79.00
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1233/Lot# 3730 $1,645.00
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3191 $1,645.00


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