Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.61 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 H10C MS obverse 1863 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1863 was a year in which Americans mostly had to do without coins. Gold and silver were hoarded or exported, and even the lowly cent was squirreled away as a precious commodity. The 18,000 currency strikes of the half dime produced by the Philadelphia Mint were thus intended primarily to pay off odd amounts on silver deposits at the mint and to keep the proofs from becoming objects of speculative trading. Few circulated at the time and, while this date is scarce overall, a disproportionate number of the survivors are Mint State.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1863 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 170 250 340 435 540 620 650 675 700 740 775 800 1000 1200 1675 2150 5000 15500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1050 1300 1850 2650 7300 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 120
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/8/1994 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Signature Sale #124, 124/Lot# 5205 $1,100.00
9/29/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0984, 984/Lot# 1221 $891.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 553 $1,007.40
9/4/2011 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 922 $2,013.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1966 $690.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3231 $1,610.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2496 $920.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 189508 $1,379.40
10/10/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14686 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111633101010571088113211621185124313971617211325852954364445785858
11111211758102510671102114211691204129414701782227027083184395550040
000000758102510671102114211691204129414701782227027083184395500
000000884104110771117115211771223134515431947242728313414426600
1863 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base51953971584797411591206128413211351138114331466153116831907238527543817600765638537
526598759889103611751232129613311361139814441488158217582066250831084547619272210
0000001232129613311361139814441488158217582066250831084547619200
0000001258130913411371141614551509163218322226263134635277637800
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2754
Owner: toyonakataro
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1907
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
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