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Coins Certified as of 12/6

New Orleans Major Type Set, Circulation Strikes (1838-1909): The Wind River Collection

The Wind River Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

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GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 61.293
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 61.293
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About this set: The coins of New Orleans represent a city that is rich in history and critical to the westward expansion of the United States. Located near the mouth of the Mississippi River this city was vital to the commerce of the United States especially before the Civil War and the advent of the transcontinental railroad. Collecting coins from the New Orleans mint did not even occur to me while growing up in the 1960s because they seemed so common. Millions of silver dollars were being released by the government and many had been minted in New Orleans. Some dates, such as the 1903-O went from very rare to common in a relatively short time. Worn Barber coins still occasionally found in circulation often had that boring "O" mintmark. However, more than twenty years ago while trying to complete a US type set, I reached a budgetary impasse where I only needed the most costly issues so I decided to add the Branch mints to my type set. Little did I know that this would completely change my collecting interests. I realized that many of the New Orleans issues were quite rare even though they were not very expensive at the time. Most issues before the Civil War had been placed into circulation and stayed there. Even AU coins for many dates were hard to find, but not always particularly expensive. Finding the coins became the challenge instead of finding the money to buy them. Once I started collecting New Orleans coins, I realized that they were little studied and could provide many possibilities for investigation, especially the early issues, because they often show the effects of tough environmental conditions and limited resources at the Mint.

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The Wind River Collection
ImageItemPCGS No.DateDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
Three Cent Silver36651851-O3CSMS6561376137The 1851-O silver three cent piece or trime is a one-year type coin and one...
Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Stars43141838-OH10CMS625858Many collectors consider the no stars seated coins to be one of the more be...
Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Drapery43221840-OH10CMS651040Even though this variety is know as the "no drapery" design, the only signi...
Liberty Seated Half Dime, Drapery43401848-OH10CMS661174024The 1848-O half dime it is one of the more common dates of this type. This...
Liberty Seated Half Dime, Arrows43611855-OH10CMS65932513This half dime was purchased from the Gardner IV auction and is a Valentine...
Liberty Seated Half Dime, Legend43781860-OH10CMS6450405040The 1860-O half dime is yet another New Orleans type coin produced for just...
Liberty Seated Dime, No Stars45641838-O10CMS6420142014This 1838-O dime is yet another one-year New Orleans type coin. As with the...
Liberty Seated Dime, No Drapery45741840-O10CMS6431813This "no drapery" dime is one of my favorite coins in my collection because...
Liberty Seated Dime, Drapery46151857-O10CMS66842310This date is one of the commonest New Orleans seated dimes, but it is not u...
Liberty Seated Dime, Arrows46041853-O10CMS64311911Only two dates are available for this New Orleans type coin: 1853-O and 185...
Liberty Seated Dime, Legend47071891-O10CMS66123123The "with legend" seated dime was minted at Philadelphia for 32 years, but ...
Barber Dime48521909-O10CMS66+332243The last year of dime production, or any coin production, at the New Orlean...
Liberty Seated Quarter, No Drapery53931840-O25CMS636262Quarters were produced at the New Orleans mint for the first time in 1840. ...
Liberty Seated Quarter, No Motto53981840-O25CMS637117973Mintage of with drapery quarters began at the New Orleans mint in 1840 with...
Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows and Rays54281853-O25CMS632424The 1853-O quarter is a one-year type coin minted in both Philadelphia and ...
Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows No Motto54331854-O25CMS63614717After 1853, the rays around the eagle were removed from the reverse of the ...
Liberty Seated Quarter, Motto55251891-O25CMS652121The "with motto" seated quarter was produced at the New Orleans mint for on...
Barber Quarter56171897-O25CMS66+1503242This coin has a succinct but distinguished history that starts with its pur...
Capped Bust Half Dollar61811839-O50CAU5534583458This is the only Bust coin produced for ciculation at the New Orleans mint....
Liberty Seated Half Dollar, No Motto62491845-O50CMS6474235134Seated half dollars were minted every year from from 1840 through 1861 when...
Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Arrows and Rays62761853-O50CMS647171As with the 1853-O quarter, this is a one-year only type coin that was prod...
Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Arrows No Rays62801854-O50CMS64773815570As with the quarter the rays on the reverse were removed in 1854, but the a...
Barber Half Dollar65171909-O50CMS65104173162Like the Barber dimes and quarters no circulating issues can really be cons...
Liberty Seated Dollar69501860-O$1MS642795914The 1860-O dollar is the most common date of all Seated dollars and had one...
Morgan Dollar71621885-O$1MS67+211477More than three million Morgan dollars have been graded by PCGS. Virtually ...
One Dollar Gold, Type One75121850-OG$1MS6382181156Type one gold dollars were produced from 1849 through 1854 with New Orleans...
One Dollar Gold, Type Two75351855-OG$1MS6216131613In 1854 the Mint changed the design of the gold dollar and increased the di...
Classic Head $2-1/2 Gold77011839-O$2.50AU5832253225The 1839-O quarter eagle is another one-year type for the New Orleans mint ...
Liberty Head $2-1/2 Gold77311843-O$2.50MS63+15112Liberty head quarter eagles were produced by the New Orleans mint in twelve...
$3 Gold79711854-O$3AU58253253This coin was first offered to me a number of years ago and though it was t...
Liberty Head $5 Gold, No Motto82001840-O$5MS62413218As with the Liberty head quarter eagle, the no motto half eagle was minted ...
Liberty Head $5 Gold, Motto83851893-O$5MS63141182When I first started collecting New Orleans coins, I tended to consider Lib...
Indian Head $5 Gold85151909-O$5AU581118011180The 1909-O half eagle is the most expensive Indian half eagle and one of th...
Liberty Head $10 Gold, No Motto86071851-O$10MS61633434The no motto eagles were minted at the New Orleans mint in every year from ...
Liberty Head $10 Gold, Motto87301894-O$10MS63122435101The "with motto" eagles are one of the few New Orleans gold type coins that...
Liberty Head $20 Gold, No Motto89101853-O$20AU553014200156Many of the early New Orleans double eagles are heavily marked, hairlined, ...
Liberty Head $20 Gold, Motto89901879-O$20AU585252As with thirteen other New Orleans type coins, this one is represented by o...