Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,360,000
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 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 H10C MS obverse 1861 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was one of the larger mintages in the half dime series, and examples are common across all grades through MS 64. When both the Treasury and banks suspended specie payment as a result of the Civil War, many of these coins were hoarded for their intrinsic value and were thus spared from wear.

The so-called 1861/0 half dime is fairly common and is now thought to be simply the result of a defective date punch. Therefore, NGC no longer recognizes this as a variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1861 H10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 19.00 23.00 26.00 45.00 95.00 115 125 155 175 190 215 300 460 825 1850 7300 - - -
$ - - - 130 - - - - 325 525 925 2750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 666
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22114, 22114/Lot# 17182 $299.00
9/10/2003 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1777, 1777/Lot# 1063 $770.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5326 $460.00
6/29/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 115690 $77.10
11/9/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131446/Lot# 26105 $84.00
3/5/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131711/Lot# 23187 $447.68


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