Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,007,500
Catalog: KM-63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.67 Grams
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.38 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1841 O 10C MS obverse 1841 O 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

A large mintage has made the 1841 O dime fairly common in circulated grades, though the same cannot be said for Mint State pieces. There were then no collectors of such coins to preserve them, and only a handful of pieces have survived by mere chance.

Both the Small O (photos) and Medium O mintmarks of 1840 were employed for this issue. The former is slightly more common, but the Large O carries no premium.

Of far greater interest to variety collectors is the New Orleans Mint's use of two obsolete reverse dies having the Closed Bud wreath typical of 1837-40 No Drapery dimes. These were paired with the normal Hughes obverse to create very rare transitional mules. One features the Small O mintmark and is slightly the more available of the two, while the other displays the Large O mintmark from 1839-40.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1841 O 10C MS
Base $ 15.00 23.00 35.00 65.00 145 145 255 300 460 685 875 1000 1275 2150 3750 8000 - - - - -
$ 160 280 330 510 750 975 1100 1375 2350 4250 10350 - - -
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Total Graded: 85
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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9/26/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 8081 $460.00
8/30/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Sale - Internet Auction # 173, 179/Lot# 5323 $1,046.50
12/4/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 7510 $690.00
1/22/2012 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/22/2012, 4/Lot# 29991 $374.00
3/19/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3244, 3244/Lot# 1155 $80.00
11/3/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131346/Lot# 24061 $229.13
7/18/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21088 $170.38

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