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Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)

The half dime was a widely used coin in the quarter century that preceded America’s Civil War, but the economic upheaval prompted by the war caused mintages to fall. Though coined for several years more, the half dime saw only limited circulation in this country after 1861, its place being taken first by fractional paper notes and then by a base metal coin. Seated Liberty half dimes are sought primarily by type collectors. Still, there are quite a number of collectors attempting to assemble complete date and mint sets–far more so than for other Seated Liberty series. While there are numerous minor varieties for this series, there presently is little demand for ones not listed in Yeoman’s Guide Book or those included in VarietyPlus. Among the more desirable VarietyPlus varieties are 1840-O No Drapery with Open Bud reverse, 1848 Large Date, 1858 over inverted date and 1872 doubled-die obverse. Other reference books will be of interest to the specialist, though they are not utilized by NGC for attribution purposes. Valentine’s attribution of Seated Liberty half dimes was incomplete and, in some cases, inaccurate. Therefore, his numbers are not used by NGC. Blythe’s book illustrated many of the Valentine varieties, yet it too is incomplete. Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia includes an extensive listing of varieties but without the illustrations necessary for accurate attribution.

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusBreenFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)Valentine
H10CMS1837 SEATED-      
H10CMS1837 LG DATE SEATED$15  B-3007   
H10CMS1837/1837 LG DT SEATED$15VP-001     
H10CMS1837 SM DATE SEATED$15  B-3008   
H10CMS1838 LARGE STARS-      
H10CMS1838 SMALL STARS$15  B-3011   
H10CMS1839 O LARGE O$15  B-3014FS-501  
H10CMS1840 NO DRAPERY-      
H10CMS1840 O NO DRAPERY-      
H10CMS1840 O NO DRAPERY$15OPEN BUDS  FS-901FS-000.5 
H10CMS1840 DRAPERY-      
H10CMS1840 O DRAPERY-      
H10CMS1843/184 $15FS-301VP-001  FS-000.06 
H10CMS1844/1844 $15FS-301VP-001  FS-000.063 
H10CMS1844 O LARGE O$15  B-3037  V-1
H10CMS1845 84/84 $15FS-301VP-001  FS-000.65 
H10CMS1845/1845 $15FS-302VP-002  FS-000.66 
H10CMS1848 LARGE DATE$15   FS-301FS-001 
H10CMS1848/48 $15FS-302 B-3044 (EDS), B-3046 (LDS) FS-001.3 
H10CMS1849 RPD$15FS-301 B-3051 FS-001.5 
H10CMS1849/48 $15FS-302 B-3052 FS-001.55 
H10CMS1850 O SMALL O$15  B-3058  V-4
H10CMS1853 NO ARROWS-      
H10CMS1853 O NO ARROWS-      
H10CMS1853 ARROWS-      
H10CMS1853 ARROWS MPD$15FS-301   FS-001.8 
H10CMS1853 O ARROWS-      
H10CMS1854 ARROWS HIGH DATE$15VP-001 B-3069  V-1
H10CMS1855 ARROWS DDO$15FS-101    V-7
H10CMS1856 MPD$15FS-301   FS-001.9 
H10CMS1858/1858 $15FS-301VP-002  FS-002 
H10CMS1858/INVERT DATE$15FS-302VP-001  FS-003 
H10CMS1859/1859 $15VP-001 B-3095  V-4
H10CMS1860 TRANSITION-J-267     
H10CMS1860/1--0 $15VP-001 B-3099   
H10CMS1861 DDO$15VP-001    V-6
H10CMS1872 DDO$15FS-101VP-001  FS-004 
H10CMS1872 S ABOVE BOW-      
H10CMS1872 S BELOW BOW-      
H10CMS1872 S BELOW BOW MPD$15FS-301 B-3136   
H10CPF1843/1843 $15VP-002     

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Blythe, Al. The Complete Guide To Liberty Seated Half Dimes. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, 1992
Valentine, D.W. The United States Half Dimes. Quarterman Publications, Lawrence, MA, 1975