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: $0.62 (9/20/2017)
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: 11/4/2016

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1870 H10C MS
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Base $ 16.00 19.00 23.00 26.00 45.00 95.00 115 125 145 165 180 225 325 500 975 1850 4300 15000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Grade
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Price
4/2/2001 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1422, 1422/Lot# 1242 $119.90
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 234 $1,006.00
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 6148 $1,955.00
9/4/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 60 $345.00
10/30/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/30/2011, 142/Lot# 22533 $143.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8155 $763.75
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6932 $170.38
4/21/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131318/Lot# 28115 $76.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5116 $3,525.00
10/28/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98189 $949.40


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