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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1856 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4363
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,880,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS MS68 • 3-1-2015 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,250 R-4.9 34 / 36 65 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 34 / 36 67 / 79
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 18 / 36 TIE 39 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 estimated grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
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3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: By 1856, the vast majority of the lower-weight silver coins had been removed from circulation and the arrowheads that had been placed on either side of the date from 1853 to 1855 were deemed no longer necessary.  In 1856, the Philadelphia Mint produced nearly 5 million Half Dimes, a hefty mintage for the 1850s but certainly not the largest.  The result are numerous survivors covering a full range of grades from Good to MS66.  The finest example is a single PCGS MS66+.

Fully struck examples are surprisingly scarce.  Many examples show weakness on the denticles.  On some examples, the denticles are so flat as to be almost non-existent.