Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 88,600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (2/25/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 H10C MS obverse 1868 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

During the Civil War and for several years afterward silver coinage was struck at the Philadelphia Mint only to provide for those few depositors of silver who requested coin (most preferred to receive their bullion in the form of refined bars). Half dime coinage resulted almost solely from the need to pay off fractional dollars on such deposits.

Mint State 1868(P) half dimes are very scarce, and a higher than usual percentage of them are prooflike. This is easily explained by the low mintage for this issue, as the dies weren't used long enough to entirely lose their original brilliance. Attractive circulated pieces are as rare or more so, though obviously less highly sought.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1868 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1862 $603.75
1/29/2009 NGC MS 64   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 8593 $920.00
2/28/2010 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2817, 2817/Lot# 1589 $805.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7832 $253.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1296 $805.00
3/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3274 $1,057.50
2/27/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7372 $258.50
10/28/2015 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98184 $4,230.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201255437745847908113812061252131513631381142116921989236829363139335237165031
196219316540779867985116112211273133113691394151117912115255730043210347341540
000000985116112211273133113691394151117912115255730043210347300
0000001061118312371294134713751408160218902242274730713281359500
1868 H10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194201255437745847908113812061252131513631381142116921989236829363139335237165031
196219316540779867985116112211273133113691394151117912115255730043210347341540
000000985116112211273133113691394151117912115255730043210347300
0000001061118312371294134713751408160218902242274730713281359500
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Grade: MS 66 PL
Points: 2936
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1989
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
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