Seated Liberty Half Dime (1837-1873)

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Image Courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

The seated half dime features Liberty sitting on a rock holding a shield and is sought after by both dealers and collectors alike. These coins were last minted in 1873 and the series does have its share of rare coins. Many of the coins produced in the 1860s are difficult to obtain and coins that were minted in New Orleans may also be desired.

Seated Liberty Half Dimes-What Dealers Pay

The value of a seated half dime can vary significantly depending on its condition, mint year and minting location. In addition, the type of coin is also a significant consideration in determining its value. An 1856 Seated Half Dime in good condition may trade for about $10 per coin. An 1853-O edition with no arrows may trade for almost $1500 per coin. If you have a Seated Half Dime that appears to be in excellent physical condition or is of a series that is considered rare, you may want to consider having your coin graded by a professional coin grading company such as PCGS or NGC.

By having your coin graded by a professional numismatist, you may be able to get a much more accurate idea of the coin’s overall condition and fair market value. Because the grading process is so through and intense, grading companies can account for even very minor imperfections in your coin. Besides the benefit of having the coin’s condition professionally graded by a team of experts, the grading company will also verify the coin’s metal content and authenticity.

Seated Half Dime Value is Conditional

You can perform a close visual examination of your coin to try to get a good idea of what the coin may potentially be worth to dealers and coin collectors. You can simply pick one of the coin’s details as a starting point for comparison. One simple detail to look at is the stars around the coin’s outer-rim. If the stars are severely worn down and eroded, the coin may only be in good condition. If the stars are still easily recognizable and show little signs of wear or discoloration, then the coin may potentially be in fine condition. If the stars still appear to be robust, crisp and clear and have no signs of erosion or damage, then the coin may potentially be in extremely fine condition. You will also want to compare all other details of the coin as well. To obtain a higher grade, a coin’s detail must all be in great shape with little to no signs of damage or wear.

The Seated Half Dime Mintmarks

This coin series has a number of rare mintmark and date combinations. Coins that were produced by the Philadelphia Mint do not contain a mintmark. Coins that were produced at mint branches, however, will have their mint location denoted. “S” is for the San Francisco Mint and “O” is for the New Orleans Mint. These mintmarks may be found on the coin’s reverse either above or below the wreath. Coins with either the “S” mintmark or the “O” mintmark may be scarcer than coins with no mintmark.

Seated Half Dime Values May Rise In The Future

Because of their age and with some editions being considered rare, the value of Seated Half Dimes may potentially increase in the future. These coins have many editions today that are affordable and may possibly increase in value in the future, making them a great possible starting point for new coin collectors.

Liberty Seated Half Dimes

DATE GOOD FINE EXTREMELY FINE UNCIRCULATED
1837 Seated Liberty Half Dime $40 $80 $235 $500
1838 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) $18 $28 $75 $175
1839 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) $20 $30 $75 $160
1839 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) (O) $20 $30 $80 $170
1840 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) $20 $30 $70 $150
1840 Seated Liberty Half Dime (No Drapery) (O) $20 $30 $85 $285
1841 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $30 $75 $160
1841 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $20 $35 $110 $300
1842 Seated Liberty Half Dime $20 $30 $80 $170
1842 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $30 $65 $525 $825
1843 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $27 $75 $160
1844 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $27 $75 $160
1844 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $80 $200 $1,000 $3,000
1845 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $27 $70 $150
1846 Seated Liberty Half Dime $350 $900 $2,750 $4,500
1847 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $27 $75 $160
1848 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $27 $75 $160
1848 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $22 $35 $120 $250
1849 Seated Liberty Half Dime $20 $30 $75 $160
1849 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $16 $27 $75 $160
1850 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $28 $70 $160
1850 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $25 $40 $120 $310
1851 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $28 $70 $160
1851 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $25 $35 $110 $235
1852 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $28 $75 $160
1852 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $30 $75 $260 $525
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime (Without Arrows) $35 $75 $260 $500
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime (Without Arrows) (O) $200 $425 $2,250 $3,500
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime (With Arrows) $20 $30 $70 $140
1853 Seated Liberty Half Dime (With Arrows) (O) $20 $35 $70 $160
1854 Seated Liberty Half Dime $20 $30 $65 $140
1854 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $20 $35 $75 $155
1855 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $20 $30 $65 $130
1855 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $20 $35 $175 $200
1856 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $25 $65 $130
1856 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $18 $25 $110 $265
1857 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $25 $65 $130
1857 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $18 $25 $70 $200
1858 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $25 $65 $130
1858 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $18 $30 $80 $155
1859 Seated Liberty Half Dime $18 $30 $80 $130
1859 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $20 $35 $130 $210
1860 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $50 $80
1860 Seated Liberty Half Dime (O) $16 $25 $50 $100
1861 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $50 $85
1862 Seated Liberty Half Dime $25 $45 $65 $110
1863 Seated Liberty Half Dime $160 $235 $475 $625
1863 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $30 $45 $160 $320
1864 Seated Liberty Half Dime $325 $500 $925 $1,100
1864 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $45 $100 $285 $440
1865 Seated Liberty Half Dime $275 $425 $675 $750
1865 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $30 $50 $175 $550
1866 Seated Liberty Half Dime $325 $425 $650 $700
1866 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $30 $50 $160 $375
1867 Seated Liberty Half Dime $450 $625 $850 $925
1867 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $25 $50 $160 $325
1868 Seated Liberty Half Dime $55 $120 $325 $475
1868 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $16 $30 $45 $130
1869 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $30 $45 $160
1869 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $16 $30 $45 $130
1870 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $45 $80
1871 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $45 $80
1871 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $18 $32 $80 $180
1872 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $45 $80
1872 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $20 $30 $60 $80
1873 Seated Liberty Half Dime $16 $25 $45 $80
1873 Seated Liberty Half Dime (S) $16 $25 $45 $80
Source: Red Book