Owner's Comments

Mintage: 150,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

A single die pair was employed for 1843 New Orleans coinage. A very scarce date to obtain in problem free VF or better grade with well struck and original 1843-O examples in EF or better proving to be rare. The 1843-O is a key date in AU or better and is extremely rare in Mint State grade.

The reverse die will show progressive die cracks at the 2nd T in STATES and the M in AMERICA to rim. Die rust is evident within the central portion of the wreath leaves and around the bow knot. 1843-O dimes have a Medium O mintmark which is positioned left and high.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Strictly Original Surfaces, Gun Metal Toning, Condition Rarity and Grade For 1843 New Orleans Dime

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

After producing over two million Dimes in 1842, the employees at the New Orleans Mint took a bit of a breather and struck only 150,000 Dimes in 1843.  This was a foreshadowing of things to come, as production of Dimes at New orleans either stayed low or didn't occur at all in many of the years during the 1840's.

With such a small mintage, the 1843-O Dime is a very popular coin.  Circulated examples are not common, but they are relatively inexpensive in grades below Extemely Fine.  In Mint State, the 1843-O Dime is very rare.  We know of only four examples, and but two of these have been graded by PCGS.  The best 1843-O Dime appears to be the Eliasberg example, which we list in the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census as MS66 (estimated grade).

17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.67 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 34 TIE 5 / 122 TIE
All Grades 4 R-9.8 2 / 34 TIE 3 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1129, $29,700

2 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade

Lemus Collection - Stack’s 10/2005:579 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30249, $141,000

4 AU53 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2010:525, $14,950

4 AU53 PCGS grade