Obverse Dies: 3 Known
A fairly common date in the With Stars series, however 1859 New Orleans dimes become very scarce in EF or better. The Medium and Large O mintmarks are equally available with a slight edge to the Medium O in difficulty. This date is available in Mint State with some searching.
Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Large O, Light Gold Toning, Well Struck
The 1859-O Dime is a relatively common coin that can be found with ease in most grades, up to (and including) MS66. This is a marked, upward shift from previous years and the increased surival rate of quality coins may be the result of a rise in the popularity of coin collecting in America. This is reflected in the existence of an NGC MS68 which represents the single finest example known of this date.
Researcher Jerry Fortin has identified five different die varieties for this date, all of identical rarity. Mintmarks come in either Medium or Large sizes.