1859-O H10C MS64 Certification #15651432, PCGS #4370

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1859, the New Orleans Mint produced far fewer Half Dimes than in the previous year, dropping the mintage from 1,660,000 coins to a mere 560,000.  However, the PCGS Population Report shows the 1859-O to be only twice as rare as the 1858-O, suggesting that collectors may have set aside more of the 1859-O's since this was the last year that New Orleans would produce No Stars Half Dimes.

In general, this date shows the poor strike qualities typical of New Orleans Mint products.  Often, the stars are weak; more often, the denticles are weak.  Nonetheless, a well-struck 1859-O shows up occasionally and such coins should command a nice premium.

The best example known of this date is a single PCGS MS66+ (illustrated above)

PCGS #
4370
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
15.90 millimeters
Weight
1.24 grams
Mintage
560000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
18
Pop Lower
148
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 400 R-6.2 19 / 36 TIE 36 / 79 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 19 / 36 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 14 / 36 TIE 21 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 400
All Grades 100
60 or Better 12
65 or Better R-6.2
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better 19 / 36 TIE
All Grades 19 / 36
60 or Better 14 / 36 TIE
65 or Better 36 / 79 TIE
All Grades 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 21 / 79 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4101, $5,463 - Heritage 8/2007:490 - Heritage 4/2008:531 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98164, $4,935

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection - Tom Bender Collection

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4101, $5,463 - Heritage 8/2007:490 - Heritage 4/2008:531 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98164, $4,935

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade