Coins Certified as of 10/21

My Coin #06666567

1842 H10C MS66+

PCGS#: 4330

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1842 Half Dime has a relatively high mintage, but it is far from being the most common date of the 1840s.  Nonetheless, it is normally priced as if it was, so there is possibly some value baked into this date.  By definition, that makes the 1842 a sleeper.

This date is encountered most often in MS63 and MS64.  Gems become very scarce and none have been certified by PCGS finer than MS66.  The highest recorded grade for the 1842 Half Dime is MS66+.

Under normal circumstances, the 1842 Half Dime is well struck.  If there is ever any weakness, it is seen occasionally on the denticles on the obverse and, less seldom, on the obverse stars.


Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 815,000 Weight: 1.34 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 750 R-5.5 27 / 36 52 / 79
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 24 / 36 TIE 49 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 18 / 36 TIE 39 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade Simpson Collection
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade