The 1865 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1865 Half Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Year: 1865
Face Value: $0.05
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .0359 oz.
Total Weight: 1.24 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $0.81

The US minted the 1865 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1865 S half dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the bow.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1865 Philadelphia 13,000
1865 S San Francisco 120,000

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 $0.81 as of December 02, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.43 per ounce.

The 1865 half dime with no mint mark is worth around $350 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $750. In extremely fine condition the value is around $900. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,300 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,650.

The 1865 S half dime is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $200. In extremely fine condition the value is around $350. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,100 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $2,450.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are valued at around $550 each in PR 63 condition. There were only 500 proof coins minted.

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- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book