Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 90,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.65 (2/23/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S H10C MS obverse 1864 S H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This has always been a rare issue, one that was unknown in Mint State until a small hoard (Walter Breen said 14 pieces) was dispersed during the early 1970s. A few of these were impaired and may not qualify as MS today.

All San Francisco Mint half dimes were subject to being fashioned into items of jewelry such as cuff links and stick pins. Indeed, it appears that the increase in their mintage after 1864 may have been prompted by this market, as there existed little need for them as a medium of exchange in the West. Examples that qualify for numeric certified grading are quite rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1864 S H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 65.00 120 185 390 540 725 850 925 1025 1100 1275 1950 2500 4600 7300 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 58
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/11/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 1234 $517.75
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1279 $3,220.00
6/30/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121979 $95.70
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5548 $188.00
10/5/2014 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 824, 833/Lot# 100 $243.00
10/28/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98177 $4,935.00
7/17/2016 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131630/Lot# 27497 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1711792203816429331028119313631505163417301799194923682671367545654847514156377408
1741932744687399651083125014101548166617531849208924693006397246594945530662270
0000001083125014101548166617531849208924693006397246594945530600
0000001138130614581591169817761899222825703340426847535043547200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3675
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 1193
Owner: Halfdime Collector
 
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