Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,291,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.6700g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.29 (12/9/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 O 10C MS obverse 1839 O 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The first significant coinage of dimes at the New Orleans Mint occurred in 1839. Though scarcer than its Philadelphia Mint counterpart across all grades, the 1839 O dime is not rare in worn condition. Mint State pieces are quite elusive, and gems are genuinely rare. As a general rule, New Orleans Mint dimes are more likely to reveal isolated areas of striking weakness and die erosion that are those of the Philadelphia Mint, and this is true of the 1839 O issue.

Three different sizes of O mintmark were employed this year. The rarest is the Very Large O found on 1838 O dimes. In fact, this was the very same die used for the previous date. Slightly scarce is the Medium O mintmark, while that most often seen is the Large O. One die featuring this mintmark has it boldly repunched (FS-501), and this date also includes four Top 100 varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/21/2019

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1839 O 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 40.00 100.00 150 275 425 505 700 750 950 1050 1410 2200 4750 8125 15000 30000 40000 - -
$ - - - - 875 - - 1600 2300 6000 10500 17500 35000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1839 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4-23105543913-295935-2--93
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Total4-23105543914-29594512--96
 4 %-2 %3 %10 %5 %5 %4 %3 %9 %15 %-2 %9 %5 %9 %4 %5 %1 %2 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/29/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1495 $925.00
2/9/2014 PCGS FA 2   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 853 $33.00
8/31/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 209023 $180.00
11/9/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24884 $99.88
1/6/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 3729 $2,115.00
9/18/2016 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131639/Lot# 27105 $94.00
3/20/2018 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131813/Lot# 27368 $183.60


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