Coins Certified as of 1/16

My Coin #22070078

1858-O 10C MS63

PCGS#: 4617

Owner's Comments

Mintage: 290,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

Only one pair of dies seen for 1858 New Orleans coinage. Soft strikes are the rule especially at the head, breast and shield. The reverse leaves and bow knot are also typically weak. A very rare date in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Rose and Blue Toning, Wonderful Obverse Strike For 1858 New Orleans Mint Example, Reverse Shows Strike Weakness on Upper Wreath

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1858, production of Dimes at the New Orleans Mint dropped substantially from the previous year.  In fact, the 1858-O Dime has the smallest mintage since 1845 and one of the smallest mintages of ANY O-Mint Dime.  Nonetheless, the 1858-O Dime carries only a small price premium in Mint State, making it one of the best values in American numismatics.  MS60 to MS64 examples are decidedly scarce, Gems are very rare, and only one or two examples are known above MS65.  The best example is the PCGS MS66+ formerly of the Eugene Gardner Collection.   This is no surprise, knowing of Mr. Gardner's penchant for quality.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 290,000 Weight: 2.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 34 TIE 28 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2004:6043 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30257, $21,150 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:38, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:871, $10,350

2 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3655, $9,200 - Tom Bender Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade