The 1853 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.
Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Face Value: $0.05
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .03936 oz.
Total Weight: 1.24 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $0.51
Half dimes minted from 1853-1855 are Seated Liberty variety 3 coins. For this variety there are two arrows next to the date. These arrows denote the reduction in weight from 1.34 grams to 1.24 grams.
The US minted the 1853 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1853 O half dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin above the bow.
|1853 O||New Orleans||2,200,000|
This coin in circulated condition will be worth more than its weight in silver. But for reference, the silver melt value for this coin is $0.51 as of March 31, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $14.14 per ounce.
The 1853 half dime with no mint mark is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $35. In extremely fine condition the value is around $70. In uncirculated condition the price is around $190 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $310.
The 1853 O half dime is worth around $25 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $65 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $100. In uncirculated condition the price is around $350 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,250.
Good- The date and letters are readable. The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is smooth.
Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" is even and strong.
Extremely fine- Both the word "LIBERTY" and the scroll have distinct edges.
MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.
MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.
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