Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,000
Catalog: KM-92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.49 Grams
ASW: 0.0720oz
Melt Value: $1.16 (12/27/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 O 10C MS obverse 1860 O 10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1860 O dime is every bit as rare as its small mintage suggests. Examples are seldom seen across all grades, and Mint State pieces are great rarities. The coin illustrated is as fine as this date comes, though it does reveal some weakness at the upper left portion of the wreath. This would prove to be a typical flaw for dimes of this type, except when exceptionally well struck.

The mintmark is quite small, as was no doubt the case with the reverse dies shipped to New Orleans for 1861's dime coinage. The onset of the Civil War, however, aborted any such coinage, and dimes were not again issued by the New Orleans Mint until the final year of this type, 1891. That date features a much larger O mintmark.

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Last Updated: 1/3/2014

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1860 O 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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11/6/2006 NGC F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 112, 117/Lot# 573 $1,725.00
1/31/2010 NGC AU 55   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 957 $7,130.00
5/12/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2853, 2853/Lot# 1342 $2,242.50
5/30/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3487 $2,875.00
9/25/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7645 $544.03
3/23/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180243 $2,872.70
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14716 $411.25


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