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1861 H10c Liberty Seated Half Dime

 
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 Posted 05/02/2021  12:25 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
$49. Thoughts? Thanks!



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 Posted 05/02/2021  09:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reverse pic not sharp enough to make a clear call.
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 Posted 05/02/2021  12:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thats some pathetic photos. PASS
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 Posted 05/02/2021  11:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This one will need better photos. Wiley and Bugert describe one main variety of the 1861 as having an exceptionally weak obverse strike, including Liberty's head and the bottom of the shield. That fits this coin.

There are two significant varieties of the 1861, and both are scarce. There is a disputed 1861 1/0. Bill Fivaz believed this was not an overdate, but a defective four-digit date punch, since it appears on at least three different obverse dies, one of which is plainly doubled. The second variety has a repunched second "1" with the base of the first punch below the main digit. Your coin has something below the second "1" and should be checked for this variety.

There is plenty of luster on your coin. The reverse photo suggests a heavy abrasion of the surfaces, but that may simply be the photo quality.

I'll look forward to your in-hand pics. This may be another of your sleeper coins that has pretty decent value.
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 Posted 05/02/2021  11:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numis-Northerner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cant say anything that I'd feel super confidant grade wise, that said, I can see why you'd take the risk with this one. The price seems relatively low, the coin looks fairly decent from what can been seen. Could turn out to be a mid AU, or it could be a cleaned EF. Either way I hope it works out for you.
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 Posted 05/10/2021  2:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This came in. The obverse shows more luster than the reverse. First image is shot straight on, 2nd and 3rd images are at an angle to show depth of coin and detail a little better. Thoughts? Thanks!



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 Posted 05/10/2021  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say low AU Details due to a few hits here, one being on the lower shield and lower part of drapery. Second being on the reverse, upper left portion of the wreath.

@NS, maybe you can clarify in hand, looks like die polishing in the obverse fields east of the legs and in the low relief portion of the legs as well?

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@Ty2020b - I don't really know. They look like planchet file marks under a loupe, and we know that throughout the civil war, there was a weights and measures department at the Mint. It was staffed mainly by women and was responsible for ensuring that the weight of coins was within tolerances, and used a file to bring it within parameters. But I thought this was for more substantial coins, not almost weightless half dimes. I can see that the planchet was polished after filing and before minting because there is luster throughout the obverse. A little mystery and perhaps some other ccf members could weigh in if they have insights.
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