Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dimes (1837-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 4,540,000
Catalog: KM-A92
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.5g
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.11 (2/10/2016)
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/24/2015

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1891 O 10C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 211
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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8/16/1995 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 ANA Bullet Sale #141, 141/Lot# 1148 $797.50
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 262 $805.00
9/16/2007 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2422, 2422/Lot# 1202 $95.20
9/22/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 3721 $3,450.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2342 $379.50
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7803 $322.00
1/19/2012 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 655, 662/Lot# 7019 $2,300.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 183516 $7,700.00


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