Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 480,000
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: $1.05 (9/4/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O 10C MS obverse 1859 O 10C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Though it had a slightly higher mintage than its Philadelphia Mint counterpart, the 1859 O dime is notably more scarce across all grades. This is generally true of New Orleans Mint dimes, as these circulated extensively in parts of the country far removed from the coin collecting population. Mint State examples are available, but scarce.

Both Medium O and Large O (photos) reverse dies were used this year, these from two different batches delivered in earlier years. The Medium O variety is slightly more scarce, but not enough to carry a premium.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/20/2015

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1859 O 10C MS
Base $ 16.00 20.00 28.00 50.00 110 220 265 310 370 440 575 700 1450 3000 5500 9500 20000 - -
$ 130 - 280 325 390 - - 800 2000 3300 6750 - -

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Total Graded: 120
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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6/4/1995 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Sale #137, 137/Lot# 5303 $357.50
2/13/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1270, 1270/Lot# 1163 $348.80
2/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 328 $863.00
5/29/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 625 $230.00
9/22/2010 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3657 $13,800.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 68   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7288 $12,650.00
12/8/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7781 $69.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98260 $1,997.50

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