Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,020,000
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: $1.22 (7/5/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 O 10C MS obverse 1842 O 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

With its sizable mintage the 1842 O dime is readily available in grades up through F-12. It becomes decidedly scarce in higher circulated grades and genuinely rare in Mint State. Gems are all but unknown. This issue is seldom found fully struck, with weakness noted at the opposing relief points of Liberty's head and the bow.

The Small O mintmark reverse is more scarce than the Medium O (photos). The late die states of both are collectable and are included within the Top 100.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1842 O 10C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.00 32.00 140 350 1250 1350 1550 2050 3400 3850 5250 7500 26000 - - - - -
$ 460 1350 1475 1700 2250 3750 4200 5750 8250 29000 - - -

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Total Graded: 79
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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1/19/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2999, 2999/Lot# 1313 $35.00
11/29/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8312 $381.88
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30372 $452.38
7/27/2013 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1737 $822.50
8/8/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3495 $822.50
7/20/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207804 $315.33
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 837, 846/Lot# 1272 $3,757.00
4/22/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3839 $1,997.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O 10C MS
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