Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,180,000
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.49 (7/28/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 O 10C MS obverse 1856 O 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a generous mintage, it seems that the attrition rate for 1856 O dimes was very high. Examples are slightly scarce across all grades, and ones grading XF and higher are very scarce. A fair number of Mint State pieces have survived, including a smattering of gems.

Three die marriages are known having the Medium O reverse leftover from earlier years. This mintmark size is scarce and commands some premium. With the Large O die marriages there are two repunched dates that are quite pronounced.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1856 O 10C MS
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Base $ 14.00 17.00 26.00 40.00 115 115 270 380 500 550 675 800 1025 1525 3250 6750 - - - - -
$ 185 300 425 550 600 775 900 1125 1800 3800 7500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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2/27/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 6259 $3,910.00
11/29/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60325 $632.50
6/26/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1492 $35.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3917 $2,585.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8220 $411.25
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6955 $442.98
3/21/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7454 $940.00


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