Owner's Comments

Mintage: 430,000
Obverse Dies: 7 Known

A fairly common date in circulated grades contrasted with a relatively low mintage of under 500,000 pieces. Seven obverse dies have been identified for the 1859 Philadelphia date including the popular variety with a misplaced 9 digit in the lower gown. This variety was discovery by Gerry Fortin in 1991 and had been overlooked by Kam Ahwash. Within Ahwash's "Encyclopedia of United States - Liberty Seated Dimes 1837 - 1891", the 1859 misplaced date variety is clearly visible.

Plate Coin: Fortin 107, Extremely well struck example throughout with soft golden toning on the peripheries. Searched over 10 years to locate a fully struck and original specimen for this PCGS registry set upgrade.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1859 Dime was the last of the Stars Obverse Dimes.  It is a fairly common date, though it is not nearly as common as the 1857, 1857-O, and the 1856.  Fortunately, this date can be found in high grade more easily than any other date of the 1856-1859 time period.  Over a dozen examples are known in MS67, making this an axcellent value for type collectors.  The best example is a monster PCGS MS68 that was graded decades ago but which has never appeared at auction.

This date comes well struck and usually has frosty luster.

Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Designer
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
430000
Weight
2.48 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
19
Pop Lower
157
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 180 R-7.2 30 / 34 TIE 84 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 30 / 34 90 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #4619 (MS)     67
3 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS67 PCGS grade