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

1845-O 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS69
Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
4587
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
230,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$161,000 • PCGS MS69 • 4-7-2005 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 7 / 34 TIE 24 / 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 MS69 PCGS grade  

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:??? - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1132 - Bowers & Merena 5/2005:403, $161,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98226, $123,376.18

2 MS64 estimated grade  

Waldo E. "Pat" Bolen, Jr. Collection - Stack's/RARCOA/Akers “Numisma ‘95” 11/1995:2075, $2,640

3 MS63 estimated grade  

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4233, $17,250

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3630, $23,000

5 AU58 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade  

Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:??? - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1132 - Bowers & Merena 5/2005:403, $161,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98226, $123,376.18

2 MS64 estimated grade  

Waldo E. "Pat" Bolen, Jr. Collection - Stack's/RARCOA/Akers “Numisma ‘95” 11/1995:2075, $2,640

3 MS63 estimated grade  

Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4233, $17,250

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3630, $23,000

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 estimated grade  
5 AU58 estimated grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
9 AU53 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1845-O Dime is the rarest of the O-Mint Dimes of the 1840's, though the 1843-O is not far behind.  Both of those dates are exceedingly rare in Mint State, but the 1845-O shines because of a remarkable item that is a standout among all Seated Liberty coins of all denominations - a single PCGS MS69 1845-O Dime.  This remarkable coin is superb in every respect, but especially in the area of eye appeal.  It is simply stunning. 

After the MS69, there are only a few Mint State 1845-O Dimes - two raw examples in the MS63 to MS64 range, plus a PCGS MS62.  Below that, it is difficult to find this date in any grade above AU50.  This is primarily because of the dearth of coin collectors in 1845 and the overall lack of interest in collecting by mintmarks.