Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 712,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.99 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 H10C MS obverse 1873 H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The half dime was abolished by law in April of 1873. This final date of half dime coinage typically is lumped together with the common 1871-72 coins, yet both its mintage and surviving Mint State population are quite a bit lower. It may be, too, that some 1873(P) half dimes remained at the mint and were subsequently melted. Gems are particularly scarce and underappreciated.

The example illustrated reveals the weakness so often found with this coin type. The lower left portion of the shield and the upper left of the wreath, features directly opposite one another in the dies, are both quite weakly struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/27/2019

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1873 H10C MS
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Base $ 20.00 22.00 28.00 37.00 55.00 85.00 105 120 130 165 185 215 310 520 1100 2100 7700 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1450 - 9250 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1873 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-311215851414-122719331962---172
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Total-311215851414-122719332063---174
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base596376981021832013363954374635155867257831138188625854756504655367284
606783991291892463564094464805396327449011387211933094853520961197648
0000002463564094464805396327449011387211933094853520900
00000029137542345449856267976410201637235240324949537300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4756
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2119
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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