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: $1.12 (3/21/2019)
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: 3/20/2019

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1860 O 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 878 1160 1810 2780 5550 8500 9380 13800 18500 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 50
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: 3/18/2019 1860 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base6-6911452211----2--1---50
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Total6-6911452211----2--1---50
 12 %-12 %18 %22 %8 %10 %4 %4 %2 %2 %----4 %--2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/14/2008 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 779 $1,265.00
9/3/2012 NGC Details G Details  Teletrade Auction 3340, 3340/Lot# 1237 $260.00
6/30/2013 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121977 $501.10
8/18/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 29 $925.00
3/23/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180243 $2,872.70
6/4/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4407 $3,818.75
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14716 $411.25
8/29/2018 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131836/Lot# 21198 $720.00


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