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: $0.63 (10/24/2016)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 299
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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9/26/1998 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 5849 $138.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7315 $373.75
8/23/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2911, 2911/Lot# 1203 $264.50
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7821 $304.75
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
7/11/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5553 $152.75
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138006 $155.00
12/7/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131450/Lot# 25150 $258.50

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