The 1871 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1871 Half Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Year: 1871
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 1860-1873 are Seated Liberty variety 4 coins. For this variety there is a legend on the front of the coin.

The US minted the 1871 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1871 S half dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin above the bow.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1871 Philadelphia 1,873,000
1871 S San Francisco 161,000

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 1871 half dime with no mint mark is worth around $16 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $30. In extremely fine condition the value is around $60. In uncirculated condition the price is around $150 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $250.

The 1871 S half dime is worth around $18 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $65 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $80. In uncirculated condition the price is around $250 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $450.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are valued at around $550 each in PR 63 condition. There were only 960 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


See also:

1872 half dime