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: $0.63 (8/25/2019)
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: 5/10/2019

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1861 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 22.00 28.00 38.00 55.00 95.00 115 125 155 160 190 215 315 490 725 1850 7500 - - -
$ - - - 130 - - - - 325 525 925 2750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 689
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1861 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-267288221916616823070114135603551--689
---------------1--1---2
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Total-267288221916616823070114137603661--693
 -0 %1 %1 %4 %1 %3 %3 %2 %9 %10 %0 %4 %10 %16 %20 %9 %5 %1 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/5/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6500 $816.50
5/16/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 257 $713.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7733 $152.75
2/10/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 99829 $46.00
5/20/2013 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3431, 3431/Lot# 1314 $45.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5114 $5,581.25
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1229/Lot# 99151 $646.25


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