Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,291,600
Catalog: KM-63.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.38 (9/21/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 O 10C MS obverse 1839 O 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first significant coinage of dimes at the New Orleans Mint occurred in 1839. Though scarcer than its Philadelphia Mint counterpart across all grades, the 1839 O dime is not rare in worn condition. Mint State pieces are quite elusive, and gems are genuinely rare. As a general rule, New Orleans Mint dimes are more likely to reveal isolated areas of striking weakness and die erosion that are those of the Philadelphia Mint, and this is true of the 1839 O issue.

Three different sizes of O mintmark were employed this year. The rarest is the Very Large O found on 1838 O dimes. In fact, this was the very same die used for the previous date. Slightly scarce is the Medium O mintmark, while that most often seen is the Large O (photos). One die featuring this mintmark has it boldly repunched (FS-501), and this date also includes four Top 100 varieties.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1839 O 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68


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7/27/2002 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 6644 $1,150.00
5/4/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6402 $2,185.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1495 $925.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1331 $646.25
11/18/2012 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 83911 $661.11
11/1/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7433 $188.00
2/9/2014 PCGS FA 2   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 853 $33.00


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