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: $1.23 (12/15/2019)
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: 12/10/2019 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
6/23/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0956, 956/Lot# 1231 $239.80
5/28/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 5763 $414.00
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2596 $92.00
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7391 $1,311.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10344 $218.50
7/22/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131231/Lot# 28086 $138.00
5/19/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20121 $82.25
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00


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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