½ Dime - "Seated Liberty Half Dime" obverse legend

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1860-1873
Value ½ Dime = 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900) (.100 copper)
Weight 1.24 g
Diameter 15.5 mm
Thickness 0.80 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 17938
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 91
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Seating Liberty, looking right above her shoulder, with a Phrygian cap on a stick and a shield, country name around her.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1860

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht Read more on Wikipedia

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Reverse

Face value in a wreath.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
HALF DIME
O

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht Read more on Wikipedia

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
O United States Mint, New Orleans, United States (1835-1942)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The standard weight of these coins was 19¹∕₅ grains.

These coins saw frequent circulation in Nicaragua.

1861


1872

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1860  798 000 $ 15 12%
1860  1 000 0.6% Proof
1860 O 1 060 000 7%
1861  3 360 000 $ 13 $ 13 $ 16 $ 22 28%
1861  1.2% Overdate 1/0
1861  1 000 0.8% Proof
1862  1 492 000 $ 46 9%
1862  550 0.6% Proof
1863  18 000 0.6%
1863  460 0.4% Proof
1863 S 100 000 2%
1864  48 000 1.0%
1864  470 0.6% Proof
1864 S 90 000 0.4%
1865  13 000 0.4%
1865  500 0.4% Proof
1865 S 120 000 1.6%
1866  10 000 1.0%
1866  725 0.4% Proof
1866 S 120 000 1.4%
1867  8 000 0.8%
1867  625 0.4% Proof
1867 S 120 000 2%
1868  88 600 0.8%
1868  600 0.6% Proof
1868 S 280 000 5%
1869  208 000 4%
1869  600 0.6% Proof
1869 S 230 000 3%
1870  535 000 5%
1870  1 000 0.8% Proof
1870 S 1 0.4%
1871  1 873 000 $ 27 $ 28 20%
1871  960 1.4% Proof
1871 S 161 000 2%
1872  2 947 000 $ 10 $ 13 $ 18 $ 18 28%
1872  950 0.6% Proof
1872 S 837 000 2% mint mark above bow
1872 S 4% mint mark below bow
1873  712 000 5%
1873  600 0.6% Proof
1873 S 324 000 3%

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dime -
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 3006
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 1862 XF USD 45.98
(EUR 43.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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