1872 H10C MS61 Certification #02064764, PCGS #4400

Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter
15.90 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2947000
Weight
1.24 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
363
Pop Lower
220
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 2500 R-4.5 23 / 28 TIE 68 / 79 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 23 / 28 TIE 68 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 45 R-8.6 20 / 28 TIE 56 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade