Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 798,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.64 (10/25/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1860 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.50 24.00 27.00 52.00 90.00 115 135 155 165 180 240 270 500 875 1475 3400 12000 - -
$ 60.00 - 125 145 160 - - - 310 575 1050 2100 4900 -

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Total Graded: 531
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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5/21/1997 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 0947, 947/Lot# 1214 $1,188.00
9/6/2009 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2559 $132.00
5/9/2011 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 582, 589/Lot# 4687 $2,127.50
6/29/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 115688 $101.20
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9723 $705.00
3/31/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 32750 $340.75
10/29/2015 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3131 $5,875.00

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