Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,360,000
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: $0.64 (5/3/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 H10C MS obverse 1861 H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This was one of the larger mintages in the half dime series, and examples are common across all grades through MS 64. When both the Treasury and banks suspended specie payment as a result of the Civil War, many of these coins were hoarded for their intrinsic value and were thus spared from wear.

The so-called 1861/0 half dime is fairly common and is now thought to be simply the result of a defective date punch. Therefore, NGC no longer recognizes this as a variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2015

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1861 H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 50.00 95.00 115 120 140 185 245 280 500 985 2200 6750 - - -
$ 55.00 - - 130 150 - - 315 625 1100 2600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 657
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/5/1997 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0995, 995/Lot# 1308 $130.80
11/19/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 196, 202/Lot# 172 $402.50
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3408 $881.25
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25716 $89.00
4/19/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131517/Lot# 27183 $176.25
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5114 $5,581.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5459729410220122035140942347753958671578311381692246443614634976612389
5663799713520726437041444149855562973890113231949309644526345106400
0000002643704144414985556297389011323194930964452634500
00000030739041845951857067276010201507220737294543805500
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4452
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1138
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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