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: $0.99 (5/16/2021)
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: 10/9/2019

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1859 O H10C MS
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Base $ 30.00 42.00 62.00 65.00 190 235 245 240 290 335 350 430 485 1100 2150 4250 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 133
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1859 O H10C MS
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Base---1327151012161420311352---133
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Total---1327151012161420311452---134
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O H10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67729813520154659764268470576482087492510131735266534103638387642805734
698111015731656361265669172578383889195412542045291334863717401147656021
00000061265669172578383889195412542045291334863717401100
00000062767069874480185690898414942355316235623797414500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3410
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1735
Owner: toyonakataro
 
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