Owner's Comments

Mintage: 40,000
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

The 1860 New Orleans date is scarce in the lower circulated grades and often comes porous due to examples being dug out of
the ground. Rare in problem free EF-AU and becomes extremely rare in Mint State. One of the key dates to the Liberty Seated Dime series.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Original brown and golden toning throughout with mark free field. Light wear and fully deserving of AU50 designation. A specimen that will not be upgraded in my lifetime.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1860-O Dime was ranked second among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This is the rarest New Orleans dime with a mintage of 40,000 pieces and examples are very rare in mint state.  The finest known example is the Lovejoy specimen that has been graded NGC MS-67.  This coin was sold by Stack's for $50,000 in the Lovejoy sale in October 1990.  Another mint state example is the Eliasberg specimen that has been graded MS-64.  This piece brought $44,850 when it appeared in the DLRC auction of the Richmond Collection in March 2005.  While only 18% of the respondents placed this issue among their top two choices, it received strong support from the majority of members with 52% placing it among their top five coins."

Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
17.90 millimeters
2.48 grams
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

65 or Better 400 R-6.2 23 / 67 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
All Grades 0 R-10.1 1 / 67 1 / 122
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 67 1 / 122
65 or Better 400
All Grades 0
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-6.2
All Grades R-10.1
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 23 / 67 TIE
All Grades 1 / 67
60 or Better 1 / 67
65 or Better 40 / 122 TIE
All Grades 1 / 122
60 or Better 1 / 122

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
4 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade