The 1857 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1857 Half Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Year: 1857
Face Value: $0.05
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .0359 oz.
Total Weight: 1.24 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $0.76

The US minted the 1857 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1857 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
1857 Philadelphia 7,280,000
1857 O New Orleans 1,380,000

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 $0.76 as of October 04, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.05 per ounce.

The 1857 half dime with no mint mark is worth around $25 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $40. In extremely fine condition the value is around $60. In uncirculated condition the price is around $175 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $285.

The 1857 O half dime is worth around $25 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $45 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $80. 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 $500.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $2,750 in PR 63 condition.

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.

PR 63 proof- 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:

1856 Half Dime
1855 Half Dime