This coin offers amazing quality and eye appeal for an early New Orleans Mint dime irrespective of type or date. The surfaces are silky smooth in texture, virtually pristine, and allow ready appreciation of bountiful satin luster. Delicate golden iridescence drifts over both sides, the reverse a bit more boldly toned than the obverse. Fully struck and obviously handled with great care since the year of issue, this captivating Superb Gem would serve as a focal point in the finest collection of Liberty Seated and/or New Orleans Mint coinage.
The history and rarity of the 1839-O dime are very similar to those of its identically dated half dime counterpart, a Condition Census example of which we are also offering in this sale. The dime was produced to the extent of 1,291,600 pieces, circulated widely throughout the pre-Civil War South, and has yielded mostly worn and/or impaired survivors for today's collectors. If anything the dime is even more conditionally challenging than the half dime, the former scarce even in EF and AU grades. Advanced bidders will also experience considerably more difficulty locating a Mint State 1839-O dime, Q. David Bowers (2016) estimating that just 50 to 62 pieces are extant. We offer here one of the finest known, a coin of near-singular beauty for the issue that would establish the significance of any cabinet in which it is included. Check out all the great US Coins, Paper Money, Ancients, World and Exonumia at Sarasota Numismatics. We are happy to answer any questions about this or anything in our vast inventory.