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: $1.19 (11/24/2014)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1891 O 10C MS
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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 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 203
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/12/1993 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 292 $1,457.50
6/23/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0956, 956/Lot# 1231 $239.80
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1907 $368.00
5/5/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 6592 $1,207.50
2/18/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 220, 226/Lot# 102 $477.25
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1384 $2,012.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8255 $381.88
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00


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