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: $0.65 (2/20/2017)
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: 11/4/2016

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1871 S H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/21/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 5652 $977.50
2/24/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7039 $2,501.25
8/28/2011 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/28/2011, 133/Lot# 15704 $451.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 929 $391.00
8/2/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7753 $176.25
12/23/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3403, 3403/Lot# 1660 $75.00
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4338 $148.05
5/11/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131420/Lot# 28541 $205.63
10/12/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25720 $98.70
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3595 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727610215523733036657562066372582086590810951634278134473675391543225787
738512018226834243659063468475783587997012752016300335233755405148100
00000043659063468475783587997012752016300335233755405100
000000505605649704788850894103314542399322535993835418600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: Tom Fornicola
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 725
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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