Owner's Comments

Mintage: 290,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

Only one pair of dies seen for 1858 New Orleans coinage. Soft strikes are the rule especially at the head, breast and shield. The reverse leaves and bow knot are also typically weak. A very rare date in Mint State.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Rose and Blue Toning, Wonderful Obverse Strike For 1858 New Orleans Mint Example, Reverse Shows Strike Weakness on Upper Wreath

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1858, production of Dimes at the New Orleans Mint dropped substantially from the previous year.  In fact, the 1858-O Dime has the smallest mintage since 1845 and one of the smallest mintages of ANY O-Mint Dime.  Nonetheless, the 1858-O Dime carries only a small price premium in Mint State, making it one of the best values in American numismatics.  MS60 to MS64 examples are decidedly scarce, Gems are very rare, and only one or two examples are known above MS65.  The best example is the PCGS MS66+ formerly of the Eugene Gardner Collection.   This is no surprise, knowing of Mr. Gardner's penchant for quality.

17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 122 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 34 TIE 28 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2004:6043 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30257, $21,150 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:38, not sold

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:871, $10,350

2 MS66 estimated grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Heritage 9/2010:3655, $9,200 - Tom Bender Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade