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1840-O 10C No Drapery MS64 PCGS #4574

Fortin 109a. medium date, small o, Die crack at UN(I)TED and AME(R)ICA

1849-O 10C MS62 PCGS #4592

Fortin 103. This coin is notable for extreme die rust on the obverse portrait. This must have been an early die state coin as the date and rock base are unusually heavily punched. Most are notable for date weakness from die lapping. The reverse is rotated 10 degrees CCW. This is also the small o variety. According to Gerry Fortin's reference, this variety commands a premium when located.

1856-O 10C MS64 PCGS #4612

Fortin 104. repunched 56, Large O, die lines from rim to UNITED

1893-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4801

The 93-o has no known varieties. This coin is so incredibly prooflike that it would certainly deserve a "PL" if available.

1894-O 10C XF45 PCGS #4804

With a mintage of only 720,000, the 94-o becomes a rarity in the Barber dime series. Even so, it is not nearly as difficult to locate as many in the Seated series.

1899-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4819

Ex: Norweb. This coin has a pedigree dating back over a hundred years and most recently had been a part of the Bob Simpson collection.

1901-O 10C MS64 PCGS #145523

O over horizontal O. There are currently no known survivors of this variety graded any higher than this. This coin is highly lustrous in hand and has vivid citrus and lavender toning.

1905-O 10C Micro O MS65 PCGS #94836

Ex: Simpson. Breen 3545, "Microscopic O." Howard Rounds Newcomb was one of the pioneer students of minute die varieties among late 19th and early 20th century coinage. He is credited with discovering the first "overmintmark," the 1900-O/CC Dollar. David Lawrence speculates this variety results from an employee using the mintmark punch designated for use on Quarters.

1838-O 10C No Stars MS63 PCGS #4564

Fortin 102. The New Orleans mint opened three years after Andrew Jackson signed legislation creating new branch mints at Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans. On April 9, 1838, the Philadelphia Mint shipped two pairs of dime dies to the newly opened branch mint, and the first coins, 30 dimes, were struck on May 8th. Dies were shipped from Philadelphia before the decision was made to add 13 stars to the obverse. As a result, all 1838-o half dimes and dimes are from the previous No Stars design. The 1838-o is not only the first branch mint dime in U.S. coinage history, but it is also the only branch mint issue of the No Stars type. Only 5 coins have achieved gem status at PCGS of the original mintage of 406,034. A total of 367,434 Fortin 101s were struck in June and July 1838 and finally the remainder were struck in January 1839 as Fortin 102s.

1839-O 10C No Drapery XF45 PCGS #4572

Fortin 106a. The "Shattered Cobweb" reverse. While this coin has seen moderate circulation, the extensive circular reverse die cracks are still noticable on this rare and highly sought after variety. Unfortnuately my scans do not pick this up well, and perhaps they are not as dramatic as well preserved specimens. Most noticeable are the cracks through the bottom of the wreath and the upper right lettering. Star 5 is boldly repunched on the obverse.

1841-O 10C MS63 PCGS #4580

Fortin 108, A-5: low date with upward slope, small O, open bud reverse. Among 3 mint mark varities the medium O is probably the rarest for this date. In addition, a closed bud reverse variety is highly sought after by variety collectors of this series. From 1838 to 1840 the closed bud reverse design was used on all New Orleans dimes. In 1841 a new reverse design with open buds in the wreath was introduced into New Orleans dime production. Thus a new obverse design with drapery and a new reverse design were used for the production of 1841-O dimes. However, at least one old closed bud reverse die was used in 1841. In Brian Greer's reference on Seated dimes (1992) he reported that only 10 examples of the Small O, closed bud and 20 pieces of the Large O, closed bud variety were known. At just a shade over 2 million coins, the 1841-O boasted the highest mintage of any dime minted at any mint up to that time, and it remained the second highest mintage dime until the 1853 With Arrows. In higher grades of mint state this issue is difficult to locate with only 1 gem at PCGS. The features of this coin seem typically struck, but are bathed in rich golden hues adding to the eye appeal of this coin.

1842-O 10C AU50 PCGS #4582

Fortin 101, A-1. Significant die pitting is noted about the periphery of the reverse. Two mintmark varieties are known. The small o and the medium o, as shown by this example. The 1842-o is quite rare in AU and only a dozen have been certified as mint state. One gem is known at each service.

1843-O 10C VF30 PCGS #4584

Fortin 101, A-1. This issue is extremely difficult to locate in problem free VF or better. Only 19 submissions have achieved a higher numerical grade than this one as of June '11. From Rich Uhrich.

1845-O 10C XF40 PCGS #4587

Fortin 101a: There is die cracking from the right ribbon end to the rim and from AME(R)ICA to the rim. The 1845-o is one of the key issues of the seated liberty series. Fewer than 40 submissions are listed at PCGS. There are only 2 known mint state examples at PCGS, one is in an unimaginable MS69 holder and the other a 62. They just don't come any more original than this.

1850-O 10C AU53 PCGS #4594

Fortin 101, A-1: The date is punched very high with the 1 and 8 in the base of the rock. The mintmark is the large 'o' variety. There are 2 other mintmark sizes with the small o being rarest according to Gerry Fortin's reference.

1851-O 10C XF40 PCGS #4596

Fortin 101: only one die pair discovered to date, though Breen lists a small o variety and the mintage would suggest a second pair would be needed. Few 1851-o dimes were saved from circulation and a mere 10 mint state examples have been certified by the 2 major services. There is only one known gem in a 65 NGC holder. A total of 50 submissions have occurred at NGC and PCGS combined.

1852-O 10C MS62 PCGS #4598

Fortin 101. The date is high and slopes downward from left to right. This is the only known obverse. The mint mark is large, thin, and well centered. It is the more common of 2 known reverses.

1853-O 10C Arrows XF40 PCGS #4604

Fortin 101: There are haloes around obverse stars 6-13. Despite the original mintage of 1.1 million, this short-lived 'with arrows' type coin is challenging in any grade slabbed. Only 60 or so submissions are reported at NGC and PCGS combined. Apparently this was another issue that was heavily circulated with the shortage of smaller denomination silver coins after bullion hoarders took their toll on earlier issues.

1854-O 10C Arrows MS65 PCGS #4606

Fortin 103: the obverse is shattered with heavy cracking though the left arrow and 1 extending up through the shield. Cracks extend around the entire periphery and rejoin liberty's left foot. The mintmark has been obliquely punched and the top 1/3 is not visible. According to Fortin, this is a very scarce variety. Mint State survivors are considerably more scarce than their Philadelphia counterpart, despite a mintage of 1.8 million.

1857-O 10C MS62 PCGS #4615

Fortin 102. There are 2 mint mark varieties, the large o and a less common medium o. This is the large o variety with the diagnostic 8 o'clock die spur at (o)f on the reverse.

1858-O 10C MS64 PCGS #4617

Fortin 101: the only known die pair. This issue is actually rather elusive as evidenced by its mintage of 299,000. In Brian Greer's Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Dimes, the 58-o is known for soft strikes especially at the head, breast , and tail feathers. Luster is usually subdued on mint state pieces.

1859-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4620

Fortin 103: medium level date, open 5, with die chips seen about star 5, medium o. A-2, G101. With a limited original mintage of 480,000 coins and a poor rate of survival, the 1859-o is a scarce coin in all mint state grades. This well-struck example is adorned in emerald, citrine, and amythest hues Ex. Superior Worrell Collection Lot 374 Sept 1993.

1860-O 10C XF40 PCGS #4632

Fortin 101: only one die pair known. The 1860-o is one of the key issues in the Seated dime series primarily because of a mintage of only 40,000. Its rarity is exceeded only by the 1871-CC, 1873-CC Arrows, and the 1874-CC. It is highly sought after in all grades, and coins with original surfaces are quite unusual and always deserve a premium. There are 3 submissions at NGC achieving mint state status, including one graded MS67.

1891-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4707

Fortin 106a. O/O. The 8 & 9 are repunched at the bottom. The attribution is clinched as the remnant of an o is visible within the medium o. See small image. Heavy die clashing is seen at the right of lady liberty. This is the late die state as cracks are beginning to form on either side of the mint mark.

1892-O 10C MS65 PCGS #4797

There are at least 2 major varieties known including a repunched date and repunched mint mark variety. This is the most common o-mint dime in mint state.

1895-O 10C VF35 PCGS #4807

This is the key date to the o-mint barber series. There are several mint mark and date position variations known, but none are considered varieties or errors.

1896-O 10C VF35 PCGS #4810

This is an issue whose demand always outstrips supply. Only 100 or so submissions are listed at PCGS.

1897-O 10C MS64 PCGS #4813

Breen lists 2 repunched date varieties: one with the 1 repunched at the base, the other with the crossbar of the 7 and the upper part of the 9 connected.

1900-O 10C MS63 PCGS #4822

The 1900-o is another issue that was sent to the Phillipines in large quantities. It rivals the 95-o in scarcity and commands a premium to most price guides according to the Stella Coin News reference on Barber Dimes.

1902-O 10C AU50 PCGS #4828

The 1902-o Barber dime is a very scarce issue that is much more difficult to locate than its mintage of 4.5 million pieces would suggest. It is elusive in all Mint State grades and especially challenging in Gem, with slightly more than a dozen available through MS67 (only 1 at NGC in 67). David and John Feigenbaum rank the 1902-o as R.5 in Mint State. This example has beautiful golden and violet toning and a strong strike.

1903-O 10C MS64 PCGS #4831

With a mintage of greater than 8 million, the 1903-o dime had the highest mintage of any of the New Orleans Barber dimes. Not suprisingly however, fewer than 20 gem examples have been encapsulated at PCGS and NGC. The lack of preservation likely is explained by the Southern U.S. demand for coined money. This dime is super bright and all white with flashy surfaces. The strike is razor sharp.

1905-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4836

The 1905-o is not as common as other o-mint barbers in higher grades of mint state. It is usually seen softly struck. However, this coin appears to have a much better than average strike. Amazingly, 6 coins are known in 67 at PCGS.

1906-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4840

Very well impressed for a New Orleans issue, full headband, hairline, and ribbon are noted. The luster is vibrant and unfortunately muted by these scans. Peripheral toning is minimal.

1908-O 10C MS65 PCGS #4848

This issue is usually found struck fuller than other dates from New Orleans Barber dime series. However, P and S mint Barber dimes tend to be easier to find fully struck. There are varieties that exist involving repunching of the 9 and 8.

1909-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4852

The last year of the New Orleans mint's operation at 400 Esplanade Avenue produced some notable rarities in the series. Perhaps the most popular is the $5 Indian...also a one year type.