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: $0.57 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1853 $264.50
6/27/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2878, 2878/Lot# 1541 $776.25
3/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 174955 $51.00
3/16/2014 PCGS MS 97   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 795, 804/Lot# 295 $60.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 69   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 10533 $141.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 10522 $141.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1314 $881.25
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5540 $205.63
11/30/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131449/Lot# 23102 $146.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33745671153044095025395635976206316747741393198924015616905011
143952831783394405145475746046236457079801591212634726760905010
0000004405145475746046236457079801591212634726760905000
00000047152655558561262765974011861790226345447905905000
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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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