1859-O H10C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
4370
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.24 grams
Mintage:
560,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
#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
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
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)