Description and Analysis

Seated Liberty Half Dimes
1859 O H10C MS

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.