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SERIES: Liberty Seated Dimes 1837-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1843-O 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU50

PCGS VF35

PCGS VF20
PCGS #:
4584
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
150,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,700 • MS66 • 5-20-1996 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 200 R-7.0 1 / 34 TIE 5 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 2 / 34 TIE 3 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  

Lemus Collection - Stack’s 10/2005:579 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30249, $141,000

3 AU53 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2010:525, $14,950

3 AU53 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade  

Lemus Collection - Stack’s 10/2005:579 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30249, $141,000

3 AU53 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2010:525, $14,950

3 AU53 PCGS grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
3 AU53 estimated grade  
7 AU50 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: After producing over two million Dimes in 1842, the employees at the New Orleans Mint took a bit of a breather and struck only 150,000 Dimes in 1843.  This was a foreshadowing of things to come, as production of Dimes at New orleans either stayed low or didn't occur at all in many of the years during the 1840's.

With such a small mintage, the 1843-O Dime is a very popular coin.  Circulated examples are not common, but they are relatively inexpensive in grades below Extemely Fine.  In Mint State, the 1843-O Dime is very rare.  We know of only four examples, and but two of these have been graded by PCGS.  The best 1843-O Dime appears to be the Eliasberg example, which we list in the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census as MS66 (estimated grade).