Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 100,000
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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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: 9/3/2015

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1863 S H10C MS
Base $ 26.00 36.00 55.00 75.00 175 360 440 480 560 775 850 925 1350 2300 3600 8500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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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
12/9/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3395, 3395/Lot# 1478 $400.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1269 $2,102.08
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7787 $413.60
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113088 $325.60
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7331 $763.75
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98173 $1,645.00
1/31/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131606/Lot# 23808 $763.75

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