Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 161,000
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: $0.59 (5/24/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 S H10C MS obverse 1871 S H10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/3/2015

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1871 S H10C MS
Base $ 19.00 25.00 38.00 60.00 88.00 180 200 220 250 325 350 470 925 2550 4000 - - - -
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Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/24/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0983, 983/Lot# 1230 $163.50
1/10/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210013, 210013/Lot# 24060 $172.50
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1152/Lot# 7771 $322.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 929 $391.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1298 $3,450.00
6/30/2013 PCGS MS 91   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 141 $120.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154489 $387.20

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S H10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1634
Owner: Tom Fornicola
Grade: AU 55
Points: 663
Owner: Halfdime Collector
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