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 (3/1/2017)
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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12/16/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0902, 902/Lot# 1270 $130.80
9/6/2009 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2559 $132.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3336 $805.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 130 $60.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187612 $422.40
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3757 $217.38
7/10/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131629/Lot# 25213 $340.75


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