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: $0.61 (9/21/2017)
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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2/7/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 257 $356.50
10/9/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3151, 3151/Lot# 1585 $86.25
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7749 $763.75
12/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131302/Lot# 26059 $84.00
1/5/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 159354 $28.50
1/26/2014 NGC MS 68   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1050 $10,869.00
5/12/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20186 $170.38
8/5/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7406 $646.25


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