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: $0.61 (10/20/2017)
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: 11/4/2016

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1863 S H10C MS
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Base $ 40.00 65.00 95.00 130 275 390 485 540 675 850 950 1100 1350 2150 3800 7100 24500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/15/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0980, 980/Lot# 1178 $872.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 66   Goldberg $3,450.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3245 $4,025.00
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
6/30/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 134 $70.00
4/19/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131517/Lot# 27686 $282.00
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


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