Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 161,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.63 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 S H10C MS obverse 1871 S H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Following the unique 1870 issue, the coining of half dimes at the San Francisco Mint declined this year from the highs of 1868-69. Even so, 1871 S half dimes are fairly common in worn condition. Only Mint State pieces are moderately scarce, with gems being truly rare.

All 1871 S half dimes carry their mintmarks within the wreath, a position first adopted for the unique 1870 S specimen. Though the norm for half dimes made 1838-59, such placement on coins having the broad wreath of this type was employed only in 1870-72. This may have been done to improve the striking quality of Liberty's head or the mintmark itself, but if so, this move was achieved little success. Weak or filled mintmarks are still found on such coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/26/2019

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1871 S H10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 30.00 55.00 69.00 100.00 180 185 195 260 275 300 325 485 800 2150 4000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 131
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1871 S H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----21136122018121633115----131
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Total----21136122018121633115----131
 ----2 %1 %1 %2 %5 %9 %15 %1 %6 %9 %12 %25 %8 %4 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/24/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0983, 983/Lot# 1230 $163.50
7/1/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23072, 23072/Lot# 11400 $483.00
2/24/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7038 $1,753.75
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 929 $391.00
3/11/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 40614 $478.50
7/11/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5557 $141.00
1/14/2018 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131804/Lot# 28147 $456.00
12/13/2018 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(1), 1282/Lot# 3270 $1,920.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 H10C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727610215523733036657562066372582086590810951634278134473675391543225787
738512018226834243659063468475783587997012752016300335233755405148100
00000043659063468475783587997012752016300335233755405100
000000505605649704788850894103314542399322535993835418600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: toyonakataro
 
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