The 1872 Seated Liberty half dimes have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1872 Half Dime

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dime
Year: 1872
Face Value: $0.05
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .03936 oz.
Total Weight: 1.24 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $0.65

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 1872 half dime with no mint mark and also the 1872 S half dime. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin either above or below the bow depending on the variety.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1872 Philadelphia 2,947,000
1872 S San Francisco 837,000

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 $0.65 as of December 08, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.57 per ounce.

The 1872 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 $45. 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 $300.

The 1872 S half dime with the mint mark above the bow 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 $55. In uncirculated condition the price is around $180 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $300.

The 1872 S half dime with the mint mark below the bow 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 $55. In uncirculated condition the price is around $160 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $285.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are valued at around $550 each in PR 63 condition. There were 950 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:

1871 Half Dime