Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 280,000
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 (10/18/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 S H10C MS obverse 1868 S H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Coinage of the half dime more than doubled at the San Francisco from 1867, and this was indicative of a trend that affected other silver denominations, too. While there was little use for a five-cent piece in the inflated economy of the West, such coins were needed to pay off depositors of silver to the exact cent.

Mint State examples of this issue are more plentiful than for earlier San Francisco half dimes in direct proportion to their higher mintage. Circulated pieces are likewise more common. This higher production wore out dies, and the coin illustrated displays numerous cracks and signs of die erosion.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1868 S H10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 30.00 37.50 45.00 95.00 160 200 260 285 335 365 420 520 975 2475 6750 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 164
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1868 S H10C MS
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Base----3-143123116202037215----164
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Total----3-143123116202037225----165
 ----2 %-1 %2 %2 %7 %19 %1 %4 %12 %12 %22 %13 %3 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/9/2001 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1435, 1435/Lot# 1138 $152.60
2/20/2005 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1066 $978.00
8/8/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 492 $2,760.00
2/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7765 $402.50
10/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 625, 632/Lot# 6541 $828.00
3/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 104628 $237.71
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3553 $6,462.50
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14692 $88.13
7/11/2019 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1297/Lot# 3425 $2,400.00


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