Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 535,000
Catalog: KM-91
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.67 (8/25/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/3/2015

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1870 H10C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 45.00 95.00 120 125 135 155 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
$ 50.00 - - 130 145 - - - 310 525 1100 2500 10575 -

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Total Graded: 298
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
9/2/2007 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2416, 2416/Lot# 1256 $840.00
12/22/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 138006 $165.00
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
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
12/7/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131450/Lot# 25150 $258.50
3/10/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1148 $618.05

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