Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 712,000
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: $0.63 (5/3/2016)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/3/2015

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1873 H10C MS
Base $ 16.00 18.50 23.50 25.00 45.00 90.00 110 125 135 185 250 280 500 1200 2200 8250 - - -
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Total Graded: 147
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 559 $126.50
7/30/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 7958 $218.50
8/7/2010 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 360 $3,737.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 933 $172.50
4/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3267, 3267/Lot# 1303 $115.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7760 $282.00
6/9/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 119557 $291.50
7/7/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131329/Lot# 20823 $63.00
2/2/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131406/Lot# 20620 $103.40
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 164614 $6,500.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 H10C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4756
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2119
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
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