Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 560,000
Catalog: KM-A62.2
Obverse Designer: Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.24 Grams
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.60 (2/26/2015)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O H10C MS obverse 1859 O H10C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The existing hub dating from 1840 was retained for the New Orleans half dime coinage of 1859. This is in contrast to the Philadelphia production, which utilized a new and experimental interpretation of the Seated Liberty.

1859-O half dimes are somewhat scarce in circulated grades, and Mint State examples are far less often seen than other half dimes of the 1857-59 period. Most specimens are less than full struck, with the border denticles being a particularly problematic feature.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/6/2014

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1859 O H10C MS
Base $ 18.00 24.00 33.00 50.00 168 168 210 230 240 270 300 330 360 415 1030 2340 3910 - - - -
$ 190 230 240 265 300 330 360 400 455 1130 2570 4200 - -

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Total Graded: 118
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/10/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0805, 805/Lot# 306 $392.40
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1853 $264.50
11/15/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34204 $329.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 547 $375.00
3/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 174955 $51.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 10519 $164.50
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5540 $205.63
8/24/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21087 $146.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O H10C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2401
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
Grade: AU 58
Points: 597
Owner: Halfdime Collector
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