Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,180,000
Catalog: KM-A63.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.14 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 O 10C MS obverse 1856 O 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Despite a generous mintage, it seems that the attrition rate for 1856 O dimes was very high. Examples are slightly scarce across all grades, and ones grading XF and higher are very scarce. A fair number of Mint State pieces have survived, including a smattering of gems.

Three die marriages are known having the Medium O reverse leftover from earlier years. This mintmark size is scarce and commands some premium. With the Large O die marriages there are two repunched dates that are quite pronounced.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1856 O 10C MS
Base $ 14.00 17.00 26.00 40.00 115 270 380 500 590 800 1025 1525 3400 6150 - - - - -
$ 185 - 425 550 635 900 1125 1800 4100 8000 - - -

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Total Graded: 58
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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3/4/1995 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Signature Sale #133, 133/Lot# 5183 $852.50
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1299 $5,463.00
6/26/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1492 $35.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 3917 $2,585.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8220 $411.25
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6955 $442.98
3/21/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7454 $940.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98257 $3,671.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 10C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3126
Owner: Gerry Fortin
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