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

1858 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
4367
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,500,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$11,456 • PCGS MS68 • 12-17-2015 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 35 / 36 TIE 72 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 35 / 36 TIE 73 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 33 / 36 70 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3059

1 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:3751, $9,400 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:121, $11,456 - High Desert Collection

4 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

1 MS68 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3059

1 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2015:3751, $9,400 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:121, $11,456 - High Desert Collection

4 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2011:3243, $3,450

5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1858 Half Dime is one of the most common dates in the Half Dime series, but a couple of interesting varieties make it worthwhile to check out these little jewels.  The most interesting variety is the 1858 over Inverted Date.  In this case, the engraver punched the date into the die upside-down, then corrected the mistake, but was unable to remove all of the undertype.  On the other variety, the date was punched into the die too high in the space between the base and the denticles, then corrected.  Again, attempts to efface the undertype failed.  Both of these varieties command a significant premium over the price of a normal 1858 Half Dime and it is entirely possible that unattributed examples await the presistent cherry-picker.

In terms of condition, the 1858 Half Dime comes nice -- very nice, in fact.  The PCGS Condition Census consists entirely of MS67 and better examples...topped by a remarkable PCGS MS68 (pictured above).