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

1872 H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
4400
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,947,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$3,760 • NGC MS67 • 5-12-2015 • 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 2,500 R-4.5 23 / 28 TIE 68 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 23 / 28 TIE 68 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 20 / 28 TIE 56 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1872 Half Dime is a fairly common date.  While not as common as the 1872-S Half Dime, the 1872 is on par with dates such as the 1858, 1860, and 1871.  Mint State versions are plentiful, covering a wide swath from MS-62 to MS-64.  Gems become scarce and superb examples are simply rare.  The finest example certified by PCGS (as of February 2012) is a single MS-66+ (pictured above).

Most examples seen have weakness on the upper left side of the wreath.  This weakness ranges from slightly soft to virtually flat.  An 1872 Half Dime with a fully struck wreath would be quite a prize, if it exists at all.