- USA Coin Book
- Half Dimes
- Seated Liberty
- 1859-P : Obverse of 1859 - Reverse of 1860
1859 Seated Liberty Half Dimes : Obverse of 1859 - Reverse of 1860
Metal Composition: 90% Silver - 10% Copper
Diameter: 15.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 1.24 grams
What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
This was one of the extremely rare transitional patterns that the US Mint produced as they were changing the designs of the seated liberty half dime. The main change deals with moving the legend "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" from the reverse of the coin to replace the stars on the obverse of the coin. The transitional pattern removes the legend from the reverse but still retains the stars along the rim on the 1859 obverse. Only 20 of these coins were produced and were not intended for general circulation. This pattern combination actually resulted in a coin that did not bear the name and identity of our nation!
USA Coin Book estimated value of 1859 Seated Liberty Half Dime (Obverse of 1859 - Reverse of 1860 Variety) (Proof coin) is worth $35,279 or more. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.
MELT VALUE: $0.5870
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