Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
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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1860 O 10C MS obverse 1860 O 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1860 O dime is every bit as rare as its small mintage suggests. Examples are seldom seen across all grades, and Mint State pieces are great rarities. The coin illustrated is as fine as this date comes, though it does reveal some weakness at the upper left portion of the wreath. This would prove to be a typical flaw for dimes of this type, except when exceptionally well struck.

The mintmark is quite small, as was no doubt the case with the reverse dies shipped to New Orleans for 1861's dime coinage. The onset of the Civil War, however, aborted any such coinage, and dimes were not again issued by the New Orleans Mint until the final year of this type, 1891. That date features a much larger O mintmark.

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Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1860 O 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 880 1250 1810 3250 6000 8500 9375 14900 20150 - - - - 80000 - - 120000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/21/2019 1860 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6-61011452211----2--1---51
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Total6-61011452211----2--1---51
 12 %-12 %20 %22 %8 %10 %4 %4 %2 %2 %----4 %--2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/31/2010 NGC AU 55   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 957 $7,130.00
9/3/2012 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 3340, 3340/Lot# 1237 $260.00
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3077 $8,050.00
6/30/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121977 $501.10
8/8/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(1), 1188/Lot# 3505 $2,820.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 29 $925.00
10/8/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7597 $1,116.25
5/12/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98237 $64,625.00


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