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

1851-O 10C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58

PCGS VF35
PCGS #:
4596
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
2.67 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
400,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$6,613 • NGC MS65 • 3-11-1999 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 250 R-6.6 5 / 34 TIE 11 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 6 / 34 TIE 13 / 122 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 34 1 / 122
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  

Heritage 3/1999:6312 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98229, $15,275

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3638, $3,450

4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  

Heritage 3/1999:6312 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98229, $15,275

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 estimated grade  

Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3638, $3,450

4 MS62 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 estimated grade  
6 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1851-O Dime has a relatively large mintage of 400,000 coins but because of the New Orleans Mint's distance from collectors, the survival rate of this date is low.  This is particularly true of Mint State examples, which are few and far between, and which are mostly low-end.  PCGS has certified only four Uncirculated examples, the best of which is a PCGS MS63. However, the finest 1851-O Dime is an NGC MS65 that sold out of the Eugene Gardner Collection in 2015.