Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 480,000
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 (5/24/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O 10C MS obverse 1859 O 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though it had a slightly higher mintage than its Philadelphia Mint counterpart, the 1859 O dime is notably more scarce across all grades. This is generally true of New Orleans Mint dimes, as these circulated extensively in parts of the country far removed from the coin collecting population. Mint State examples are available, but scarce.

Both Medium O and Large O reverse dies were used this year, these from two different batches delivered in earlier years. The Medium O variety is slightly more scarce, but not enough to carry a premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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1859 O 10C MS
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Base $ 26.00 36.50 56.00 69.00 130 230 270 300 325 390 420 455 690 1170 2250 5200 8125 18500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 5/21/2019 1859 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---456232513-191325141131--117
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Total---456232513-191326141131--118
 ---3 %4 %5 %2 %3 %2 %4 %11 %-1 %8 %11 %22 %12 %9 %3 %1 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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5/7/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0943, 943/Lot# 1281 $152.60
10/3/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 5966 $833.75
2/24/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #285, 285/Lot# 427 $1,495.00
5/29/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 625 $230.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 840 $3,546.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3327 $1,586.25
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30890 $381.88


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