Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 860,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.3400g
ASW: 0.0388oz
Melt Value: $1.00 (8/3/2021)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O H10C MS obverse 1851 O H10C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is one of several issues dated 1850-53 that are more commonly seen than their mintages would suggest. The answer is found in the falling price of gold after the vast discoveries in California and Australia. This made silver more valuable in relation to gold and prompted the hoarding of all silver coins. It thus created a time capsule for United States fractional silver pieces that has benefitted generations of collectors.

The only deterrent to finding an attractive 1851 O half dime will be the usual weakness of strike that afflicts so many New Orleans Mint coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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1851 O H10C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 32.00 40.00 75.00 175 230 245 275 365 495 550 625 875 1325 4050 7850 16000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 131
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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: 8/3/2021 1851 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12259-8251416-61513171051---131
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Total12259-8251416-61513181051---132
 1%2%2%4%7%-6%2%4%11%12%-5%11%10%14%8%4%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base63678913119043747766371579390811381271134516342029342746306209656171559255
647410315127245053968074183198511821296144117662495382851566326675978559718
00000053968074183198511821296144117662495382851566326675900
000000601698767870106112271320153818972961422956836444695700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3427
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1634
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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