Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,540,000
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.35 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 O 10C MS obverse 1891 O 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint was reactivated in 1879 primarily to assist with the huge volume of silver dollar coinage. It was not called upon to strike fractional silver until 1891, and this became the sole O-Mint entry in the Legend Obverse type beyond the rare 1860 O dime.

This issue is common across most grades, a consequence of its high mintage. Only at the gem level does it become scarce. Dozens of die marriages have been recorded, and many of these include repunched dates and/or mintmarks. Prominent are the several Top 100 varieties recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1891 O 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 203
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2009 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2596 $92.00
7/18/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2890, 2890/Lot# 1757 $97.75
7/17/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131130/Lot# 22792 $195.50
1/19/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7019 $2,300.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4356 $423.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4546 $1,645.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00


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