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: $1.13 (3/23/2019)
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: 3/22/2019

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1859 O 10C MS
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Base $ 28.90 31.00 50.40 60.00 95.00 228 260 292 325 390 422 455 689 1170 2250 4900 8120 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: 3/18/2019 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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Grade
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11/29/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60331 $7,187.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 66   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 730 $3,565.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 68   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7288 $12,650.00
1/2/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3200, 3200/Lot# 1360 $180.00
11/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 8334 $99.88
11/15/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1190/Lot# 33118 $1,645.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 783, 792/Lot# 547 $375.00
2/15/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131508/Lot# 27498 $105.75
4/27/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7550 $881.25


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