Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 400,000
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: $1.09 (11/28/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O 10C MS obverse 1851 O 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

New Orleans Mint dimes experienced a very high rate of attrition at the best of times, but those coined just prior to the weight reduction of 1853 suffered even greater losses due to their high bullion value. Worn pieces are moderately scarce, while those at or near the Mint State level are quite rare.

Walter Breen's listing of a Small O variety is not confirmed, as there is just a single die pair presently known for this issue. This has the Large O which seems to have been the current standard for dies prepared during this period. A Small O example would be a major rarity.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2015

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1851 O 10C MS
Base $ 18.00 26.00 52.00 130 270 625 810 1125 1525 2700 3100 3800 5750 15000 - - - - -
$ 310 - 880 1225 1875 - - - 6500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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1/11/1997 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 5893 $2,530.00
3/13/1999 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 Mid Winter ANA Signature Sale #199, 199/Lot# 6312 $6,612.50
10/12/2008 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2597, 2597/Lot# 1584 $264.50
2/7/2013 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3322 $2,115.00
7/14/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125811 $138.71
6/1/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 66 $811.00
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14710 $205.63
5/12/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98229 $15,275.00

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