1872-S H10C Mintmark Above (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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REVERSE COMPARISON

REVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
4402
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.24 grams
Mintage:
837,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 19 / 28 TIE 59 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 18 / 28 TIE 52 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 20 / 28 TIE 56 / 79 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 225
65 or Better 45
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-6.7
65 or Better R-8.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 28 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 28 TIE
65 or Better 20 / 28 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 59 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 52 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 56 / 79 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade PCGS #4402 (MS)     67+
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade PCGS #4402 (MS)     66+
5 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #4402 (MS)     66
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #4402 (MS)     67+ #1 MS67+ PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #4402 (MS)     66+ #4 MS66+ PCGS grade
PCGS #4402 (MS)     66 #5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

1872-S Half Dimes are found in two major varieties: one with the mintmark within the wreath (below DIME) and another with the mintmark below the wreath. There does not appear to be an official explanation for this difference; rather, it seems that the placement of the mintmark was at the discretion of the die-sinker at the Philadelphia Mint (where the vast majority of mintmarks were added to the dies before they were shipped to the appropriate branch mint). There is ample precedent for the "travelling" mintmark. From 1838-1859, the mintmarks on Half Dimes were placed within the wreath. From 1860-1869, the mintmarks are below the wreath. From 1870-1872, the mintmark moved back to below the wreath, except for the 1872 variety with the mintmark within the wreath. Was a leftover die from 1869 or earlier re-used in 1872? It appears not, as the mintmark in 1872 is a different size and shape from that on the 1869.

According to the PCGS Population Report, the Mintmark Above variety is much scarcer than the Mintmark Below variety. The most commonly seen grade is MS-64, followed by equal quantities of MS-63 and MS-65. Gems are very scarce but not unreasonably so. None 1872-S Mintmark Above Half Dimes have been graded better than MS-67 by PCGS (as of August 2011). The finest PCGS-certified example is a single MS-67+.