Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,100,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.4900g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (5/27/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 O ARROWS 10C MS obverse 1853 O ARROWS 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly generous mintage the 1853 O Arrows dime is commonly only in well worn condition. Examples grading VF and higher are scarce, while Mint State pieces are genuinely rare. Since there are relatively few collectors of this series by date and mint, the rarity of this issue is largely overlooked by type collectors seeking any date of the Arrows subtype.

Most 1853 O dimes are poorly struck, with Liberty's head and the wreath leaves being incomplete. The example illustrated is thus typical, at least with respect to the head.

Readers of Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia will note that he itemizes many dates as having either an Open or Closed 5 in the date. Also found are listings of Thin or Thick O mintmarks. These typically represent die states of the same dies or may be the result of the punches being impressed to a lesser or greater depth. The only popular variety is F-104a with its shattered obverse die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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1853 O ARROWS 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 35.00 65.00 135 295 535 700 1000 2000 2225 2800 4150 5000 7000 13300 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1853 O ARROWS 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-5183511510-1131-1----56
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Total-1-5183511510-1131-1----56
 -2 %-9 %32 %5 %9 %2 %2 %9 %18 %-2 %2 %5 %2 %-2 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/10/2006 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1478 $2,415.00
4/27/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10094 $322.00
5/6/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3271, 3271/Lot# 1331 $95.00
10/18/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8217 $211.50
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 291 $80.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10019 $6,462.50
7/12/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131529/Lot# 25118 $199.75
3/20/2016 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131613/Lot# 29574 $117.50
11/2/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1261/Lot# 16357 $2,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O 10C MS ARROWS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7681143272366725774113813331658225024332754336537124290574760816428679073999549
78102186303486741895120314411855231125402958348139054776585861976549699381160
000000895120314411855231125402958348139054776585861976549699300
0000001017126815502053237226473161359640975261597063126669719600
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