Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 535,000
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 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 H10C MS obverse 1870 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's output of half dimes more than doubled from the previous, as deposits of silver for coining increased dramatically after 1867. This is the first truly common issue since 1862, and it set the pattern for the last few years of half dime coinage.

The example illustrated shows weakness at the lower part of the shield and the upper left portion of the wreath. These design elements were directly opposite one another, and the dies frequently failed to fill on coins of this type.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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1870 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 22.00 28.00 38.00 54.00 95.00 115 125 145 160 170 225 340 475 975 1850 5300 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 515 1200 2500 10600 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 314
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, 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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1870 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-23163143133911963526723941--314
---------------1--12--4
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Total-23163143133911963526824953--319
 -1 %1 %0 %2 %1 %0 %1 %1 %4 %12 %0 %6 %20 %16 %21 %8 %3 %2 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/11/1997 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 163 $528.00
9/4/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 60 $345.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1265 $402.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10474 $172.50
10/30/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/30/2011, 142/Lot# 22533 $143.00
8/7/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3325, 3325/Lot# 1042 $144.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9402 $111.63
1/6/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131303/Lot# 29008 $94.00
4/19/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131517/Lot# 27691 $176.25


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