Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 560,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.71 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 O H10C MS obverse 1859 O H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The existing hub dating from 1840 was retained for the New Orleans half dime coinage of 1859. This is in contrast to the Philadelphia production, which utilized a new and experimental interpretation of the Seated Liberty.

1859-O half dimes are somewhat scarce in circulated grades, and Mint State examples are far less often seen than other half dimes of the 1857-59 period. Most specimens are less than full struck, with the border denticles being a particularly problematic feature.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1859 O H10C MS
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Base $ 17.25 23.00 31.05 49.45 168 168 210 222 240 270 300 330 360 402 1030 2340 3910 - - - -
$ 188 230 240 260 300 330 360 400 440 1130 2570 4200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 114
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 MS 69   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12324
4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12332
4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12336
4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12311
4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12306
4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 12331


Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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3/12/1993 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 248 $1,292.50
3/12/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 247 $352.00
8/7/2000 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 6891 $299.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1853 $264.50
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 820 $1,150.00
12/17/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 204, 210/Lot# 115 $356.50
6/19/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3086, 3086/Lot# 1237 $218.50
12/9/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22068 $176.25


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