Owner's Comments

Mintage: 1,540,000
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

1857 New Orleans coinage is found with Large and Medium reverses. The Medium O is moderately scarcer than the Large O in circulated grades and is very scarce in Mint State. The Large O is more available in Mint State.

Five obverse dies and six reverse dies have been identified for 1857 New Orleans coinage.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, A Sharp and Gorgeous Gem with Rich Underlying Lustre Supporting a Wealth of Peach, Gold, and Pale Rose Iridescence Tone.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1857-O Dime has the exact same mintage as the 1858-P, and the two coins "behave" almost identically in the PCGS Population Report.  This is quite unlike the earlier Dimes from the New Orleans Mint, many of which have relatively high mintages but few survivors.

The 1857-O Dime is plentiful in all grades up to, and including, MS63 and MS64.  Even Gem example can be found with relative ease.  MS66 examples are scarce to rare and anything better is a true prize.  None are known better than MS67.  Surprisingly, none of the PCGS MS67 examples have ever sold at auction, to our knowledge.  They would most surely exceed the price record of $9,350 for a PCGS MS66.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1540000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
12
Pop Lower
253
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 32 / 34 TIE 90 / 122 TIE
All Grades 175 R-7.2 30 / 34 TIE 84 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 24 / 34 74 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #4615 (MS)     67
1 MS67 estimated grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #4615 (MS)     66
3 MS66 PCGS grade