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: $0.54 (2/8/2016)
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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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
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Base $ 15.00 17.50 22.50 25.00 45.00 95.00 120 125 135 180 240 270 485 950 1800 4300 17750 - -
$ 50.00 - - 130 145 - - 310 525 1100 2500 10575 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 293
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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2/7/2016 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7235


Auction Prices Realized

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9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 234 $1,006.00
2/7/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #27, 31/Lot# 257 $356.50
7/27/2005 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2071, 2071/Lot# 1338 $99.00
12/23/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 88400 $70.40
1/9/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9402 $111.63
2/3/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131307/Lot# 26092 $135.13
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6932 $170.38
11/15/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34209 $352.50
7/11/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5553 $152.75


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