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: $1.31 (2/23/2017)
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 (photos) 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: 9/22/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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7/14/1997 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0962, 962/Lot# 1236 $327.00
2/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 328 $863.00
4/30/2005 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65052, 65052/Lot# 23191 $190.90
1/7/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2173 $925.75
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 27 $700.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7514 $470.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98262 $6,462.50
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30890 $381.88


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