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Coins Certified as of 6/27

My Coin #05444386

1859-O H10C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 05444386
PCGS#: 4370

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In 1859, the New Orleans Mint produced far fewer Half Dimes than in the previous year, dropping the mintage from 1,660,000 coins to a mere 560,000.  However, the PCGS Population Report shows the 1859-O to be only twice as rare as the 1858-O, suggesting that collectors may have set aside more of the 1859-O's since this was the last year that New Orleans would produce No Stars Half Dimes.

In general, this date shows the poor strike qualities typical of New Orleans Mint products.  Often, the stars are weak; more often, the denticles are weak.  Nonetheless, a well-struck 1859-O shows up occasionally and such coins should command a nice premium.

The best example known of this date is a single PCGS MS66+ (illustrated above)

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 560,000 Weight: 1.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 400 R-6.2 19 / 36 TIE 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 19 / 36 36 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 14 / 36 TIE 21 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4101, $5,463 - Heritage 8/2007:490 - Heritage 4/2008:531 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98164, $4,935

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade