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: $1.23 (10/22/2017)
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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Last Updated: 9/22/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 122
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68


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3/24/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5515 $1,644.50
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
11/22/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2774, 2774/Lot# 1674 $391.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7514 $470.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1219/Lot# 3845 $1,645.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30890 $381.88


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