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: $1.25 (10/19/2017)
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: 9/22/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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11/6/2006 NGC F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 112, 117/Lot# 573 $1,725.00
2/14/2008 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 104 $6,325.00
5/12/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2853, 2853/Lot# 1342 $2,242.50
9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 963 $7,590.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1347 $1,725.00
12/5/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1192/Lot# 3561 $5,581.25
3/28/2014 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5226 $1,233.75
6/8/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 193970 $1,211.10
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3472 $7,637.50


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