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SEATED LIBERTY HALF DIMES (1837-1873)

Obverse of 1837 Half Dime    Reverse of 1837 Half Dime

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OBVERSE WITHOUT STARS (1837-1838)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1837

1,405,000

est. 20

 

1838-O

70,000

0

 

1849-O Half Dime Obverse     1849-O Half Dime Obverse Reverse

1849-O Half Dime
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OBVERSE WITH STARS (1838-1853)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1838

2,255,000

est. 5

 

1839

1,069,150

est. 10

 

1839-O

1,034,039

0

The Mintmark comes in three different sizes, the largest being the rarest.

1840

1,344,085

est. 10

The Mintmark comes in three different sizes, the largest being the rarest.

1840-O

935,000

0

Look for the rare variety with the Large Letters reverseThis date also comes With and Without Drapery.

1841

1,150,000

est. 10

 

1841-O

815,000

0

The Mintmark comes in three different sizes, the largest being the rarest.

1842

815,000

est. 10

 

1842-O

350,000

0

Look for the very rare variety where the Drapery has been ground off the die.

1843

1,165,000

est. 10

 

1844

430,000

est. 10

 

1844-O

220,000

0

Look for the rare Large O variety.

1845

1,564,000

est. 10

 

1846

27,000

est. 15

 

1847

1,274,000

est. 15

 

1848

668,000

est. 10

 

1848-O

600,000

0

The Mintmark comes in three different sizes - this time the Small O is the rarest.

1849

1,309,000

est. 10

 

1849-O

140,000

0

 

1850

955,000

est. 10

 

1850-O

690,000

0

The Mintmark comes in three different sizes - this time the Small O is the rarest.

1851

781,000

est. 10

 

1851-O

860,000

0

 

1852

1,000,500

est. 10

 

1852-O

260,000

0

 

1853

135,000

None known

Also comes with Arrowheads on either side of the date (see the next section)

1853-O

160,000

0

Also comes with Arrowheads on either side of the date (see the next section).  Beware of coins that have been altered from 1858-O.

ARROWHEADS AT DATE (1853-1855)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1853

13,210,020

est. 5

 

1853-O

2,200,000

0

 

1854

5,740,000

est. 20

 

1854-O

1,560,000

0

 

1855

1,750,000

est. 20

 

1855-O

600,000

0

 

OBVERSE WITH STARS (Resumed 1856-1859)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1856

4,880,000

est. 50

 

1856-O

1,100,000

0

 

1857

7,280,000

est. 75

 

1857-O

1,380,000

0

 

1858

3,500,000

est. 125

Look for the rare Inverted Date variety where the date was first punched in completely upside-down!

1858-O

1,660,000

0

 

1859

340,000

est. 800

Also of interest are rare 1859 Transitional Patterns that lack any reference to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

1859-O

560,000

0

 

 1861 Half Dime Obverse     1861 Half Dime Reverse

OBVERSE WITH LEGEND (1860-1873)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1860

799,000

1,000

Also of interest are rare 1860 Transitional Patterns that lack any reference to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

1860-O

1,060,000

0

 

1861

3,361,000

1,000

Look for the rare 1861/0 overdate.

1862

1,492,000

550

 

1863

18,000

460

Rare, Proof Restrikes have an open top on the D of UNITED.

1863-S

100,000

0

 

1864

48,000

470

Rare, Proof Restrikes have an open top on the D of UNITED.

1864-S

90,000

0

 

1865

13,000

500

 

1865-S

120,000

0

 

1866

10,000

725

 

1866-S

120,000

0

 

1867

8,000

625

 

1867-S

120,000

0

 

1868

88,600

600

 

1868-S

280,000

0

 

1869

208,000

600

 

1869-S

230,000

0

 

1870

535,000

1,000

 

1870-S

1

0

None were recorded as ever having been minted and only a single example has ever turned up!

1871

1,873,000

960

 

1871-S

161,000

0

 

1872

2,947,000

950

 

1872-S Mintmark Within Wreath

837,000

0

 

1872-S Mintmark Below Wreath

0

   

1873

712,000

600

 

1873-S

324,000

0