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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dimes 1837-1873
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1859-O H10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
4370
Diameter:
15.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
1.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
560,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$5,463 • V CH BU • 3-1-2006 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 19 / 36 TIE 36 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 19 / 36 36 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 14 / 36 TIE 21 / 79 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

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)