Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 100,000
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 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S H10C MS obverse 1863 S H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the first issue of half dimes from the San Francisco Mint, and there exists some mystery as to why this denomination was coined there at all. The inflated economy of the region rarely priced anything at less than 10 cents, and both contemporary accounts and the coins themselves reveal that most S-Mint half dimes were simply fashioned into jewelry items.

Many 1863 S half dimes and later dates from this mint exhibit solder marks on their obverses or signs of tooling to remove same. Undamaged examples are scarce across all grades, and the few Mint State survivors appear to have all come from a small hoard that surfaced in the late 1960s. The coin illustrated is almost certainly from this source, and it is exceptionally well struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/26/2019

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1863 S H10C MS
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Base $ 40.00 70.00 110 150 315 460 520 680 750 845 910 1100 1340 2150 3950 7100 24500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 96
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1863 S H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---242-3338-2162025611---96
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Total---242-3338-2162025611---96
 ---2 %4 %2 %-3 %3 %3 %8 %-2 %17 %21 %26 %6 %1 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
6/12/1996 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0849, 849/Lot# 1250 $103.55
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7307 $1,278.80
9/19/2010 NGC MS 66   Goldberg $3,450.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113088 $325.60
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5547 $129.25
5/15/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131621/Lot# 27169 $329.00
10/31/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1241/Lot# 3913 $1,410.00
11/19/2017 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131748/Lot# 27057 $174.00


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