Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dimes (1837-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 560,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht and Robert B. Hughes
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 1.2400g
ASW: 0.0359oz
Melt Value: $0.66 (2/24/2017)
Diameter: 15.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O H10C MS obverse 1859 O H10C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The existing hub dating from 1840 was retained for the New Orleans half dime coinage of 1859. This is in contrast to the Philadelphia production, which utilized a new and experimental interpretation of the Seated Liberty.

1859-O half dimes are somewhat scarce in circulated grades, and Mint State examples are far less often seen than other half dimes of the 1857-59 period. Most specimens are less than full struck, with the border denticles being a particularly problematic feature.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/12/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions St. Louis Bullet #110, 110/Lot# 119 $286.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1853 $264.50
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 2496 $4,096.88
12/17/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 204, 210/Lot# 115 $356.50
6/19/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3086, 3086/Lot# 1237 $218.50
10/16/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131143/Lot# 29154 $161.00
3/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 174955 $51.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5540 $205.63


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