Owner's Comments

Mintage: 1,323,000
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

A total of five different obverse dies and six reverse dies have been identified for 1839 New Orleans coinage. 1839-O dimes with a Small O mintmark are extremely rare in mint state. The plate coin was puchased at the Heritage pre ANA auction for an amount well above price guide values and is most likely the finest Small O 1839-O dime extant.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Small O, The Strike is Needle-Sharp, Every Aspect of Libertys Head, Stars, and all the Obverse Devices are Crisp and Pronounced. On the Reverse, Every Leaf, Letter, and Berry is Bold. Both Obverse and Reverse are Toned a Sunset-Gold at the Periphery, Lighter at the Centers.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1839-O Dime is the third most common date of the No Drapery series.  However, it is still a very desirable date and one that is hard to find in Mint State.  Most Uncs. are low-end (MS62 to MS63), but there are a few Gems that turn up on the market from time to time.  This is somewhat surprising, because the same is not true of the 1838-O and the 1840-O Dimes.  The best 1839-O Dime certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67+...this example has incredible color and eye appeal.  Many, if not most, 1839-O Dimes show weakness at the denticles and on other high points of the coin (this is typical of coins made at the New Orleans mint, and fully struck examples are rare exceptions).

PCGS #
4572
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
2.67 grams
Mintage
1323000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
209
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 4 / 7 65 / 122 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 2 / 7 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 2 / 7 TIE 36 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 600
All Grades 40
60 or Better 6
65 or Better R-5.8
All Grades R-8.7
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better 4 / 7
All Grades 2 / 7
60 or Better 2 / 7 TIE
65 or Better 65 / 122 TIE
All Grades 40 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 36 / 122 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:1314 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98221, $15,862.50 - Heritage 12/2015:3097, not sold - Heritage 3/2016:4796, $12,925

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ estimated grade

Bowers & Merena 8/1999:1314 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98221, $15,862.50 - Heritage 12/2015:3097, not sold - Heritage 3/2016:4796, $12,925