Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,060,000
Catalog: KM-62.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.34 Grams
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.80 (7/28/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 O H10C MS obverse 1839 O H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Though it had a mintage similar to that of its Philadelphia Mint cousin, this issue is noticeably more scarce across all grades. Gems are rare, due at least in part to the fact that these New Orleans Mint coins were not as well made. Die-clash impressions, cracks and areas of weakness are more often seen.

Three different mintmark sizes were used for this date. The Small O and Medium O (photos) varieties carry no premium, but the Large O reverse leftover from 1838's production is rare and desirable.

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Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1839 O H10C MS
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Base $ 25.00 28.00 38.00 65.00 140 140 235 285 400 500 775 1175 1700 2200 3550 6750 8000 16750 - - -
$ 160 250 325 440 575 825 1275 1875 2650 3950 7500 9500 18000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 72
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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11/8/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29113, 29113/Lot# 24437 $5,606.25
7/10/2011 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3098, 3098/Lot# 1371 $1,782.50
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3328 $488.75
7/21/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 68 $70.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4490 $1,527.50
4/20/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 185985 $66.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3526 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 O H10C MS
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Base3323745722203274236427649251021115915581969280735644347556315459255771
123339541212553594966828179571067129216952248305938254752886118831255770
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0000003915697238719891113142518322527331140865157121602220400
1839 O H10C MS Prooflike
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