Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,060,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $0.57 (12/10/2018)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 O H10C MS obverse 1839 O H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though it had a mintage similar to that of its Philadelphia Mint cousin, this issue is noticeably more scarce across all grades. Gems are rare, due at least in part to the fact that these New Orleans Mint coins were not as well made. Die-clash impressions, cracks and areas of weakness are more often seen.

Three different mintmark sizes were used for this date. The Small O and Medium O (photos) varieties carry no premium, but the Large O reverse leftover from 1838's production is rare and desirable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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1839 O H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 28.00 40.00 70.00 160 235 285 395 575 750 1275 1550 2400 3350 8000 9500 14500 - - -
$ - - 325 420 - - - - - 3850 - - 14800 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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: 12/10/2018 1839 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base133-857351111-4714322----89
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Total133-857351111-47143221---90
 1 %3 %3 %-9 %6 %8 %3 %6 %12 %12 %-4 %8 %16 %3 %2 %2 %1 %--- 

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Date
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Grade
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Price
10/8/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0987, 987/Lot# 1237 $130.80
1/25/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1837 $1,093.00
7/21/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 68 $70.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4490 $1,527.50
4/20/2014 NGC VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 185985 $66.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1206/Lot# 3526 $2,820.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5511 $317.25
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98122 $7,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 H10C MS O Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1839 H10C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98102115155255477527695793990113814771865226825853260436146946362672173269461
991061281883294945837288591039125116061999237428103627447252506482692380380
0000005837288591039125116061999237428103627447252506482692300
0000006397609241089136417362134247930353994458358066601712400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4694
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2585
Owner: SJDI
 
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