Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,540,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5000g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.20 (12/6/2019)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 O 10C MS obverse 1891 O 10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint was reactivated in 1879 primarily to assist with the huge volume of silver dollar coinage. It was not called upon to strike fractional silver until 1891, and this became the sole O-Mint entry in the Legend Obverse type beyond the rare 1860 O dime.

This issue is common across most grades, a consequence of its high mintage. Only at the gem level does it become scarce. Dozens of die marriages have been recorded, and many of these include repunched dates and/or mintmarks. Prominent are the several Top 100 varieties recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/21/2019

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1891 O 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.90 24.30 34.00 47.50 69.00 85.00 105 140 175 190 215 270 385 575 1000 3050 9100 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 232
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
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: 12/3/2019 1891 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2125142412812-152842532851---225
-----------------1----1
----------------12----3
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Total2125142412812-152842532981---229
 1 %0 %1 %2 %6 %1 %2 %0 %1 %3 %5 %-7 %12 %18 %23 %13 %3 %0 %--- 
1891 O 10C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1312----7
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Total--------------1312----7
 --------------14 %43 %14 %29 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/22/2000 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1286, 1286/Lot# 1268 $790.25
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1908 $207.00
7/17/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131130/Lot# 22792 $195.50
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1384 $2,012.50
2/7/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7654 $367.78
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 247 $60.00
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00
3/19/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131713/Lot# 27146 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 O 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4581981391942682853203814775635976537649661239170730334958529358007607
578711215721927429734041350657461669083110571395214936755070546264020
00000029734041350657461669083110571395214936755070546200
00000030836144553458663472789911481551259143165181563100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1239
Owner: JTO
 
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