Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,540,000
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 (10/6/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 O 10C MS obverse 1857 O 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1857 O dime is the first New Orleans entry in this series that is fairly available in Mint State. Well struck examples are also plentiful, making this issue a candidate for the type collector.

Its generous mintage derived from Director Snowden's policy of paying out silver in exchange for silver bullion deposits. This led to a distressing overproduction of fractional silver coins, and the policy was rescinded by 1859.

This issue is known with either the Medium O or Large O (photos) mintmark, the latter being the more common variety. F-101b also features a shattered reverse die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1857 O 10C MS
Base $ 14.00 17.00 26.00 38.00 100.00 220 260 300 385 540 575 775 1350 3000 5000 11000 - - -
$ 125 - 285 330 425 - 635 950 1700 3350 6700 - -

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Total Graded: 184
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 636 $368.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 956 $460.00
8/22/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210085, 210085/Lot# 28067 $184.00
8/27/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3336, 3336/Lot# 1706 $47.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12268 $6,462.50
2/7/2013 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3326 $3,995.00
4/27/2014 PCGS G 4   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 801, 810/Lot# 2330 $20.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 138010 $365.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O 10C MS
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 663
Owner: TRT
Grade: AU 58
Points: 551
Owner: Durham Collection
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