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: $1.26 (5/29/2017)
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: 9/22/2016

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1853 O ARROWS 10C MS
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Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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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
3/1/2009 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2659, 2659/Lot# 1433 $41.00
10/22/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 7468 $805.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 291 $80.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98254 $10,575.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10019 $6,462.50
12/27/2015 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131601/Lot# 21528 $152.75
10/31/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1241/Lot# 3937 $1,880.00

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