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.

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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Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

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