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: $0.65 (7/10/2020)
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: 4/24/2020

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1870 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 22.00 28.00 38.00 55.00 90.00 110 120 140 160 170 220 325 475 950 1800 5625 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 515 1200 2500 10600 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 313
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: 7/7/2020 1870 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-23163143143911963526722931--313
---------------1--12--4
-------------1--1-----2
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Total-23163143143911964526823943--319
 -1%1%0%2%1%0%1%1%4%12%0%6%20%16%21%7%3%1%1%-- 

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