1837-1873 Seated Half Dime - The Coin Before the Nickel

1837-1873 Seated Half Dime - The Coin Before the Nickel

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Before we had the nickel, we had the Half Dime! The Seated Half Dime is one of the smallest of all U.S. coins ever produced and one of the most unique. For the last decade of production, the coins were not released to the public in an effort to conserve silver. Rather, the United States Mint released Shield Nickels composed of copper-nickel. The Seated Half Dime series is filled with varieties from re-punched dates to different date sizes. This only adds to the fun of collecting Seated Half Dimes! You will receive (1) circulated coin.


  • Unique history
  • Silver coin
  • Circulated 


History: The Seated Half Dime, minted from 1837 to 1873, features the iconic Seated Liberty design by Christian Gobrecht. This design reflects America's growing sense of identity and artistic achievement in the early to mid-19th century. The Seated Half Dime is a piece of pre-Civil War history, offering a window into the economic and social fabric of the era.

Design and Craftsmanship: The obverse of the Seated Half Dime showcases Lady Liberty seated on a rock, holding a shield in one hand and a liberty cap on a pole in the other, symbolizing freedom and vigilance. The reverse features a wreath encircling the denomination "HALF DIME," a design that captures the elegance and detail characteristic of the period's coinage.

Collection Significance: Spanning over three decades of minting, the Seated Half Dime series includes several key dates, mint marks, and variations that are highly sought after by collectors. From the No Stars design of the early issues to the addition of stars and arrows at dates, each coin tells a story of its time.

Condition and Rarity: Our selection of 1837-1873 Seated Half Dimes is carefully curated to include coins in a range of conditions, from well-circulated pieces with historical charm to rare, uncirculated coins with exceptional detail and luster. The rarity and value of each coin are influenced by its condition, date, and specific design variations, making some pieces particularly desirable for collectors.

Don't miss this opportunity to own a piece of America's past. The 1837-1873 Seated Half Dime is a legacy of American craftsmanship and history. Explore our collection today and find the perfect Seated Half Dime to enhance your collection or investment portfolio.

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1837 - 1873 Seated Half Dime FAQ

A Seated Half Dime is a silver coin that was part of the United States currency from 1837 to 1873. It features the iconic Seated Liberty design by Christian Gobrecht, which depicts Liberty seated on a rock, symbolizing America's enduring spirit and independence.

The Seated Half Dime was replaced due to changes in U.S. coinage laws and the introduction of the nickel, a coin made of a copper-nickel alloy, which was more cost-effective and durable for everyday transactions.

Key features of the Seated Half Dime design include the image of Liberty seated on a rock, holding a shield and a liberty cap on a pole, with various design changes over the years, such as the addition of stars, arrows at the date, and the United States motto "IN GOD WE TRUST."

The value of a Seated Half Dime is determined by its date, mint mark, condition (or grade), and rarity. Key dates and well-preserved coins command higher prices. Consulting a reputable price guide or a professional numismatist can provide a more accurate valuation.

You can buy a Seated Half Dime from reputable coin dealers, numismatic auctions, online marketplaces, and coin shows. Ensure the seller has a good reputation, especially when purchasing rare or high-grade coins.

Yes, there are several rare varieties of Seated Half Dimes, including those with specific mint marks, overdates, and other minting anomalies. The 1870-S Seated Half Dime, for example, is one of the rarest and most sought-after by collectors.

When collecting Seated Half Dimes, look for coins with clear details, minimal wear, and original surfaces. Collecting a range of dates, mint marks, and varieties can also offer a more comprehensive view of the series.

Store your Seated Half Dime collection in a cool, dry place, using acid-free holders or albums to protect the coins from environmental damage and preserve their condition.

Some Seated Half Dimes are more valuable due to their rarity, historical significance, condition, and specific characteristics like rare mint marks or design variations. Coins in uncirculated condition with original luster are particularly valuable.

It is highly unlikely to find Seated Half Dimes in circulation today due to their age, silver content, and collector interest. Most have been removed from circulation and are now part of collections or held by numismatic enthusiasts.

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