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Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873)

The Liberty Seated design without stars on the obverse was used on the half dime and dime only at the Philadelphia Mint in 1837 and the New Orleans Mint in 1838. On those coins, Liberty has no drapery fold at her elbow. Starting in 1838 on the Philadelphia coinage, stars were added around the obverse border. During 1840 and thereafter, an additional fold of drapery was added at the elbow of Liberty.

Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873)
1837 - 1838 | 1838 - 1853 | 1853 - 1855 | 1856 - 1859 | 1860 - 1873

Variety 1 - No Stars on Obverse (1837 - 1838)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1837 - 1838
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 1.340 grams
    Diameter:15.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded

Variety 2 - Stars on Obverse (1838 - 1853)

From 1838 through 1859, the mintmark was located above the bow on the reverse. Large, medium, or small mintmark varieties occur for several dates.

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1838 - 1853
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 1.340 grams
    Diameter:15.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded

Variety 3 - Arrows at Date (1853 - 1855)

As on the dimes, quarters, and halves, arrows were placed at the sides of the date for a short period starting in 1853. They were placed there to denote the reduction of weight under the terms of the Act of February 21, 1853.

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1853 - 1855
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 1.240 grams
    Diameter:15.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded

Variety 2 Resumed, With Weight Standard of Variety 3 (1856 - 1859)

A new die was utilized in 1859 at the Philadelphia Mint, in which the stars are hollow in the center and the arms of Liberty are slimmer. During the years 1859 and 1860 interesting half dime patterns were made which do not bear our nation’s identity. These are transitional pieces, not made for circulation, but struck at the time the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was being transferred from the reverse to the obverse.

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1856 - 1859
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 1.240 grams
    Diameter:15.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded

Variety 4 - Legend On Obverse (1860 - 1873)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1859 - 1873
    Designer: Christian Gobrecht
    Weight: 1.240 grams
    Diameter:15.5 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 silver, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • G-4 Good. Good.
  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • MS-66 Gem Unc.. Gem Unc..
  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • 1837
  • 1,405,000
    • Description
    • Mintage
    • G-4 Good. Good.
    • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
    • F-12 Fine. Fine.
    • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
    • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
    • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
    • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
    • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
    • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
    • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
    • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
    • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
    • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
    • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
    • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
    • 1838, No Drapery
    • 2,225,000
      • 1839O, No Drapery
      • 1,060,000
        • 1840, No Drapery
        • 1,034,000
          • 1840, Drapery

            1840, Drapery

            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1840, Drapery
            Drapery From Elbow (Starting 1840)
          • 310,085
          • 25
          • 1841

            1841

            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1841
            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1841
          • 1,150,000
          • 16
          • 1842

            1842

            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1842
            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1842
          • 815,000
          • 16
          • 1842O
          • 350,000
            • 1843
            • 1,165,000
              • 1844
              • 430,000
                • 1845
                • 1,564,000
                  • 1846
                  • 27,000
                    • 1847
                    • 1,274,000
                      • 1848
                      • 668,000
                        • 1849
                        • 1,309,000
                          • 1850
                          • 955,000
                            • 1851

                              1851

                              Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1851
                              Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1851
                            • 781,000
                            • 18
                            • 1852
                            • 1,000,500
                              • Description
                              • Mintage
                              • G-4 Good. Good.
                              • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
                              • F-12 Fine. Fine.
                              • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
                              • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
                              • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
                              • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
                              • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                              • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                              • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                              • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                              • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
                              • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
                              • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                              • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                              • 1853
                              • 13,210,020
                                • 1854

                                  1854

                                  Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1854
                                  Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1854
                                • 5,740,000
                                • 20
                                • 1855
                                • 1,750,000
                                  • Description
                                  • Mintage
                                  • G-4 Good. Good.
                                  • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
                                  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
                                  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
                                  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
                                  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
                                  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
                                  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                                  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                                  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                                  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
                                  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
                                  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                  • 1856
                                  • 4,880,000
                                    • 1856O

                                      1856O

                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1856O
                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1856O
                                    • 1,100,000
                                    • 18
                                    • 1857

                                      1857

                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857
                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857
                                    • 7,280,000
                                    • 18
                                    • 1857O

                                      1857O

                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857O
                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857O
                                    • 1,380,000
                                    • 18
                                    • 1858
                                    • 3,500,000
                                      • 1858O

                                        1858O

                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1858O
                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1858O
                                      • 1,660,000
                                      • 18
                                      • 1859

                                        1859

                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1859
                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1859
                                      • 340,000
                                      • 18
                                      • Description
                                      • Mintage
                                      • G-4 Good. Good.
                                      • VG-8 Very Good. Very Good.
                                      • F-12 Fine. Fine.
                                      • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine.
                                      • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine.
                                      • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated.
                                      • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated.
                                      • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                                      • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated.
                                      • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                                      • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                                      • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
                                      • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof.
                                      • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                      • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                                      • PF-65CAM Proof. Proof.
                                      • 1860O

                                        1860O

                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1860O
                                        Mintmark Below Bow (1860-1869, 1872-1873)
                                      • 1,060,000
                                      • 16
                                      • 1861
                                      • 3,360,000
                                        • 1862

                                          1862

                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1862
                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1862
                                        • 1,492,000
                                        • 25
                                        • 1863

                                          1863

                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1863
                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1863
                                        • 18,000
                                        • 160
                                        • 1864

                                          1864

                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1864
                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1864
                                        • 48,000
                                        • 325
                                        • 1865

                                          1865

                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1865
                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1865
                                        • 13,000
                                        • 275
                                        • 1865S
                                        • 120,000
                                          • 1866

                                            1866

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1866
                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1866
                                          • 10,000
                                          • 325
                                          • 1867

                                            1867

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1867
                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1867
                                          • 8,000
                                          • 450
                                          • 1868

                                            1868

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1868
                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1868
                                          • 88,600
                                          • 55
                                          • 1869

                                            1869

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1869
                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1869
                                          • 208,000
                                          • 16
                                          • 1870

                                            1870

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870
                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870
                                          • 535,000
                                          • 16
                                          • 1870S

                                            1870S

                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870S
                                            Mintmark Above Bow (1870-1872)
                                          • 1,500,000
                                          • 1871
                                          • 1,873,000
                                            • 1872
                                              • 1872S
                                              • 837,000
                                                • Description
                                                • Mintage
                                                • G-4
                                                • VG-8
                                                • F-12
                                                • VF-20
                                                • EF-40
                                                • AU-50
                                                • MS-60
                                                • MS-62
                                                • MS-63
                                                • MS-64
                                                • MS-65
                                                • MS-66
                                                • PF-60
                                                • PF-63
                                                • PF-64
                                                • PF-65
                                                • PF-65CAM
                                                • 1837
                                                • 1,405,000
                                                  • 1838, No Drapery
                                                  • 2,225,000
                                                    • 1839O, No Drapery
                                                    • 1,060,000
                                                      • 1840, No Drapery
                                                      • 1,034,000
                                                        • 1840, Drapery

                                                          1840, Drapery

                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1840, Drapery
                                                          Drapery From Elbow (Starting 1840)
                                                        • 310,085
                                                        • 25
                                                        • 1841

                                                          1841

                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1841
                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1841
                                                        • 1,150,000
                                                        • 16
                                                        • 1842

                                                          1842

                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1842
                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1842
                                                        • 815,000
                                                        • 16
                                                        • 1842O
                                                        • 350,000
                                                          • 1843
                                                          • 1,165,000
                                                            • 1844
                                                            • 430,000
                                                              • 1845
                                                              • 1,564,000
                                                                • 1846
                                                                • 27,000
                                                                  • 1847
                                                                  • 1,274,000
                                                                    • 1848
                                                                    • 668,000
                                                                      • 1849
                                                                      • 1,309,000
                                                                        • 1850
                                                                        • 955,000
                                                                          • 1851

                                                                            1851

                                                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1851
                                                                            Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1851
                                                                          • 781,000
                                                                          • 18
                                                                          • 1852
                                                                          • 1,000,500
                                                                            • 1853
                                                                            • 13,210,020
                                                                              • 1854

                                                                                1854

                                                                                Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1854
                                                                                Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1854
                                                                              • 5,740,000
                                                                              • 20
                                                                              • 1855
                                                                              • 1,750,000
                                                                                • 1856
                                                                                • 4,880,000
                                                                                  • 1856O

                                                                                    1856O

                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1856O
                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1856O
                                                                                  • 1,100,000
                                                                                  • 18
                                                                                  • 1857

                                                                                    1857

                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857
                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857
                                                                                  • 7,280,000
                                                                                  • 18
                                                                                  • 1857O

                                                                                    1857O

                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857O
                                                                                    Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1857O
                                                                                  • 1,380,000
                                                                                  • 18
                                                                                  • 1858
                                                                                  • 3,500,000
                                                                                    • 1858O

                                                                                      1858O

                                                                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1858O
                                                                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1858O
                                                                                    • 1,660,000
                                                                                    • 18
                                                                                    • 1859

                                                                                      1859

                                                                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1859
                                                                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1859
                                                                                    • 340,000
                                                                                    • 18
                                                                                    • 1860O

                                                                                      1860O

                                                                                      Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1860O
                                                                                      Mintmark Below Bow (1860-1869, 1872-1873)
                                                                                    • 1,060,000
                                                                                    • 16
                                                                                    • 1861
                                                                                    • 3,360,000
                                                                                      • 1862

                                                                                        1862

                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1862
                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1862
                                                                                      • 1,492,000
                                                                                      • 25
                                                                                      • 1863

                                                                                        1863

                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1863
                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1863
                                                                                      • 18,000
                                                                                      • 160
                                                                                      • 1864

                                                                                        1864

                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1864
                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1864
                                                                                      • 48,000
                                                                                      • 325
                                                                                      • 1865

                                                                                        1865

                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1865
                                                                                        Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1865
                                                                                      • 13,000
                                                                                      • 275
                                                                                      • 1865S
                                                                                      • 120,000
                                                                                        • 1866

                                                                                          1866

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1866
                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1866
                                                                                        • 10,000
                                                                                        • 325
                                                                                        • 1867

                                                                                          1867

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1867
                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1867
                                                                                        • 8,000
                                                                                        • 450
                                                                                        • 1868

                                                                                          1868

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1868
                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1868
                                                                                        • 88,600
                                                                                        • 55
                                                                                        • 1869

                                                                                          1869

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1869
                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1869
                                                                                        • 208,000
                                                                                        • 16
                                                                                        • 1870

                                                                                          1870

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870
                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870
                                                                                        • 535,000
                                                                                        • 16
                                                                                        • 1870S

                                                                                          1870S

                                                                                          Half Dimes Liberty Seated (1837 - 1873) 1870S
                                                                                          Mintmark Above Bow (1870-1872)
                                                                                        • 1,500,000
                                                                                        • 1871
                                                                                        • 1,873,000
                                                                                          • 1872
                                                                                            • 1872S
                                                                                            • 837,000
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