1873 H10C MS66

PCGS#: 4404

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Production of Half Dimes ended in 1873.  The government's goal, since 1866, was to replace the silver Half Dime with a nickel five cent piece.  By 1873, the endeavor was considered a success and the tiny Half Dime was retired forever.  Despite the official preference for the new "Nickels", the mintage of Half Dimes remained high at Philadelphia in 1873 (higher than many dates in the 1960's and 1870's.

As a result, this date can be found with relative ease in all grades, up to and including MS-64.  In higher grades, the 1873 Half Dime becomes scarce.  The finest example certified by PCGS as of August 2011 is a single MS-67.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 712,000 Weight: 1.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 600 R-5.8 16 / 28 TIE 45 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 175 R-7.2 16 / 28 TIE 46 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 12 / 28 TIE 34 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Sunnywood Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade