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Obverse of 1843 Half Dime     Reverse of 1843 Half Dime


1843 HALF DIME

PCGS Nos: 4332, 4419

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,165,000
Proofs: 
estimated 10

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 20.6 grains (1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Varieties:
Triple punched date

Significant examples:
"Choice Proof" (illustrated above).  Ex - Judge Joseph F. Sawicki, May 10, 1948, sold as part of a complete copper and silver Proof set (in an original case) for $225.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832c, illustrated, sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case) to which Pittman had added the Proof 1843 Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle!  This set may be complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s August 1998 sale, Lot 107 - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s January 2000 sale, Lot 116 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection" Sale, May 28-30, 2001, Lot 500, where it was described as follows: "1843. NGC graded Proof 64. Deep gray toning on both sides with lighter gold on the devices. The fields show trivial hairlines, and these are not important. After all, perhaps 10 were struck, and few come up for sale. We note the diagnostic die chip on the rim near the second star, which is seen on all known proofs. This coin can be identified by a tiny tick mark in the field between the first two stars, and another couple of ticks near Liberty's arm above her elbow in the left obverse field. A worthy coin to add to the most advanced portfolio. NGC reports only 3 graded this high, with 3 graded higher."

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 247, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6838, "Valentine-6a, Doubled Date", not illustrated, sold for $218.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6839, not illustrated, sold for $172.50

MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1548, "Doubled Date, Valentine-6a", not illustrated, sold for $230.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-63's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service