The 1854 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1854 Half Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Year: 1854
Face Value: $0.05
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .03936 oz.
Total Weight: 1.24 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $0.67

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 1854 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1854 O half dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin above the bow.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1854 Philadelphia 5,740,000
1854 O New Orleans 1,560,000

Value

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 $0.67 as of December 15, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.92 per ounce.

The 1854 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 $65. In uncirculated condition the price is around $200 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $300.

The 1854 O half dime is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $45 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $90. In uncirculated condition the price is around $300 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $900.

Grading System

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.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1853 Half Dime
1855 Half Dime