Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,100,000
Catalog: KM-77
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.42 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 O ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1853 O ARROWS 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly generous mintage the 1853 O Arrows dime is commonly only in well worn condition. Examples grading VF and higher are scarce, while Mint State pieces are genuinely rare. Since there are relatively few collectors of this series by date and mint, the rarity of this issue is largely overlooked by type collectors seeking any date of the Arrows subtype.

Most 1853 O dimes are poorly struck, with Liberty's head and the wreath leaves being incomplete. The example illustrated is thus typical, at least with respect to the head.

Readers of Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia will note that he itemizes many dates as having either an Open or Closed 5 in the date. Also found are listings of Thin or Thick O mintmarks. These typically represent die states of the same dies or may be the result of the punches being impressed to a lesser or greater depth. The only popular variety is F-104a with its shattered obverse die.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1853 O ARROWS 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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5/4/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 6440 $3,450.00
9/10/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1478 $2,415.00
5/6/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3271, 3271/Lot# 1331 $95.00
1/20/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131305/Lot# 22136 $108.10
8/8/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3499 $5,287.50
8/8/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3498 $3,055.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 291 $80.00


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