Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,540,000
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.20 (2/28/2015)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 O 10C MS obverse 1891 O 10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint was reactivated in 1879 primarily to assist with the huge volume of silver dollar coinage. It was not called upon to strike fractional silver until 1891, and this became the sole O-Mint entry in the Legend Obverse type beyond the rare 1860 O dime.

This issue is common across most grades, a consequence of its high mintage. Only at the gem level does it become scarce. Dozens of die marriages have been recorded, and many of these include repunched dates and/or mintmarks. Prominent are the several Top 100 varieties recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2014

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1891 O 10C MS
Base $ 15.00 18.00 22.00 30.00 50.00 50.00 90.00 100.00 125 170 190 215 305 365 575 1600 2950 9250 - - -
$ 60.00 100.00 110 135 185 210 235 335 400 750 1775 4100 10500 -

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Total Graded: 205
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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2/9/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 764 $1,150.00
12/23/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28125, 28125/Lot# 25252 $1,035.00
1/29/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 8599 $287.50
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2596 $92.00
7/18/2010 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2890, 2890/Lot# 1757 $97.75
1/3/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 412 $373.75
3/17/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3358 $2,012.50
7/17/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131130/Lot# 22792 $195.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00

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