Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 400,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.6700g
ASW: 0.0773oz
Melt Value: $1.21 (3/23/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O 10C MS obverse 1851 O 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

New Orleans Mint dimes experienced a very high rate of attrition at the best of times, but those coined just prior to the weight reduction of 1853 suffered even greater losses due to their high bullion value. Worn pieces are moderately scarce, while those at or near the Mint State level are quite rare.

Walter Breen's listing of a Small O variety is not confirmed, as there is just a single die pair presently known for this issue. This has the Large O which seems to have been the current standard for dies prepared during this period. A Small O example would be a major rarity.

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Last Updated: 3/22/2019

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1851 O 10C MS
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Base $ 37.50 52.00 55.00 240 275 805 1000 1500 2500 2810 3060 4190 4740 7260 18200 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/18/2019 1851 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--21723126121-1121-----42
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Total--21723126121-1121-----42
 --5 %2 %17 %5 %7 %2 %5 %14 %29 %2 %-2 %2 %5 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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3/20/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 Charlotte ANA National Money Signature Sale #316, 316/Lot# 5525 $977.50
10/12/2008 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2597, 2597/Lot# 1584 $264.50
5/8/2011 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131120/Lot# 22668 $253.00
7/14/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125811 $138.71
6/1/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 806, 815/Lot# 66 $811.00
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7589 $1,880.00
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14710 $205.63
5/12/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98229 $15,275.00


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