FINEST KNOWN 1842-O LIBERTY SEATED DIME NGC MS65 Click on Coin Image to
KNOWN 1842-O LIBERTY SEATED DIME NGC MS65
Presenting the Finest Known
1842-O Liberty Seated Dime NGC MS65. Tied for the
finest known at both NGC and PCGS. Please contact
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1842-O 10C NGC MS65. This Southern branch mint, Gem
1842-O Liberty Seated Dime gleams with bright mint
luster. Tied for the finest known at both NGC and
PCGS, the coin has extremely clean surfaces with virtually
no visible abrasion marks or other distractions. Because
it is toned a delicious rose and silver with gold
and gray highlights, the coin is clearly original.
It is also well struck with full details on Liberty’s
head, the centers of the stars, the leaves of the
wreath, and the dentils on both sides.
Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the obverse depicts
Liberty seated, looking over her shoulder to the left.
She balances the Union Shield inscribed LIBERTY with
her right hand and holds a staff on which is placed
a Phrygian cap in her left. There are seven stars
to the left and six to the right interrupted by her
head and the capped pole. The dated is below. The
reverse shows the denomination written in two words
surrounded by an open laurel wreath. The inscription
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is at the edge. Dentils are
around the periphery of both sides of the coin.
The first Liberty Seated dime had no stars on the
obverse. It was inspired by Gobrecht’s silver
dollar of 1836. The second variety has stars on the
obverse and no drapery at Liberty’s elbow. In
1840 drapery was added from Liberty’s elbow,
creating the third variety of which the present coin
is an example.
The New Orleans Mint was authorized in 1835 by President
Andrew Jackson, hero of the battle of New Orleans.
The bill that Jackson signed also authorized the mints
at Charlotte and Dahlonega. William Strickland, a
Philadelphia architect designed all three branch mint
buildings. The New Orleans Mint building was made
in the solid, bulky Greek Revival style of architecture.
It was the largest of the three branch mints and located
at major port of entry. Unfortunately Strickland did
not account for the soft ground around the site. Because
of it, the building had to undergo numerous repairs
throughout its history.
Authorized to produce gold and silver, the New Orleans
Mint struck quarter eagles and dimes in 1839. It operated
from 1838 to 1909. In that time period 427 million
silver and gold coins with the O mintmark were coined.
By the mid 1850’s denominations made in New
Orleans included three-cent silver pieces, half-dimes,
dimes, quarters, half dollars, silver dollars, gold
dollars, quarter eagles, three-dollar pieces, half
eagles, eagles, and double eagles. The first deposit
was of Mexican dollars which amounted to more than
32,400 dollars. The first coins struck were Liberty
Seated dimes. Each year between the beginning of August
and the end of November, the mint closed because of
the annual outbreak of yellow fever.
Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver at the United
States Mint. He was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania
in 1785. His father was a German immigrant, and his
mother traced her ancestry to the early settlers of
Plymouth, Massachusetts. Gobrecht married Mary Hewes
in 1818. One of his early positions was as an engraver
of clocks in Baltimore. Later he went to Philadelphia
where he became a banknote engraver. He invented a
machine that allowed one to convert a three-dimensional
medal into an illustration. This was an excellent
job and Gobrecht was understandably reluctant to work
for the Mint for less money than he was making at
the engraving firm. In order to persuade him to leave,
Mint Director Robert Patterson prevailed upon Chief
Engraver William Kneass, who had had a stroke, to
take less in salary so more money would be available
to hire Gobrecht on a permanent basis. In 1826 Gobrecht
did his first work for the Mint as an assistant to
Kneass. After Kneass’ stroke, Gobrecht did all
the die and pattern work for the Mint. He became Chief
Engraver in 1840 and served until his death in 1844.
He was famous for his Liberty Seated motif, which
was used for all denominations of silver coinage including
the half-dime, dime, quarter dollar, half dollar and
silver dollar. He also designed the Liberty Head gold
eagle, a motif that was also used on the half-cent,
the cent, the gold quarter eagle, and the gold half
In its population report, NGC shows 2 1842-O dimes
certified at the MS65 grade level with none finer.
At PCGS there is only 1 certified in MS65 with none
finer. These numbers do not account for crossovers
or resubmissions. Here is an opportunity to obtain
an example of the finest known 1842-O Liberty Seated
dime, which would make a fine addition to any advanced