Owner's Comments

Mintage: 480,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

A fairly common date in the With Stars series, however 1859 New Orleans dimes become very scarce in EF or better. The Medium and Large O mintmarks are equally available with a slight edge to the Medium O in difficulty. This date is available in Mint State with some searching.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Large O, Light Gold Toning, Well Struck

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1859-O Dime is a relatively common coin that can be found with ease in most grades, up to (and including) MS66.  This is a marked, upward shift from previous years and the increased surival rate of quality coins may be the result of a rise in the popularity of coin collecting in America.  This is reflected in the existence of an NGC MS68 which represents the single finest example known of this date.

Researcher Jerry Fortin has identified five different die varieties for this date, all of identical rarity.  Mintmarks come in either Medium or Large sizes.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
480000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
58
Pop Lower
95
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 27 / 34 TIE 76 / 122 TIE
All Grades 160 R-7.4 29 / 34 83 / 122
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 25 / 34 TIE 78 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS67
1 PCGS MS67
3 MS67 estimated grade
4 Multiple (11) PCGS MS66s