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

1859 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+
PCGS #:
4371
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Anthony C. Paquet/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
340,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,900 • PCGS MS68 • 1-9-2005 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 850 R-5.3 30 / 36 TIE 57 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 36 TIE 56 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 28 / 36 56 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
1 MS68+ PCGS grade
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4 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS68 PCGS grade
6 MS67+ PCGS grade
6 MS67+ PCGS grade
6 MS67+ PCGS grade
6 MS67+ PCGS grade
6 MS67+ PCGS grade

Ron Guth: In 1859, the Half Dime mintage fell dramatically to less than a tenth of the year before.  In spite of its rather low mintage, the 1859 Half Dime remains affordable in most grades.  One might say it is an excellent value in all grades.  To make this date even more accessible, a mini-hoard of just over a dozen high-grade examples appeared on the market in 2012.  Nothing less than an MS67 appeared in this lot, and two of the coins earned the remarkable grade of MS68+ at PCGS.