1891-O

     

Mintage: 4,540,000                                                                     

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100

Var#

Obv

Rev

DR

 

Obverse / Reverse Quick Diagnostics

Ahwash

Greer

 

101

1

A

0C

 

 Medium Level Date, Die Cracks / Medium O, [mm Lt,H.TL2], DCr at 4:30

 

 

 

102

1.2

B

0C

 

 Clashed Die, Die Cracks, Medium Level Date / Medium O, [mm C,H]

 

 

 

102a

1.2

B.2

0C

 

 Heavily Clashed Die, Medium Level Date / Clashed Die, [mm C,H]

A-1

 

 

103

2

C

0B1

 

 Medium Date, Upward Slope, Broken Foot At 1 / Medium O, [mm Rt,H]

A-2

 

 

103a

2.2

C.2

0B1

 

 Clashed Die, Medium Date, Upward Slope / Clashed Die, [mm Rt,H]

 

 

 

104

3

D

1C

 

 Medium Date, Sl. Up Slope / Medium O, [mm Rt,H,TR2], Die Cracks

 

 

 

104a

3

D.2

1C

 

 Medium Date, Sl. Up Slope / Shattered Die at 9:00, Medium O

   

 

105

3.2

E

1C

 

 Med Date, Sl. Up Slope, DCrs / Med O, [mm C,H], Die Crack To Rim

A-3

 

 

106

4

F

0R

 

 Repunched Date, Med Date, Sl. Up Slope / Medium O/O, [mm Lt,H,TL2]

 

G106/7

*

106a

4.2

F.2

0R

 

 Heavily Clashed Die, Repunched Date / Clashed Die, Medium O/O

A-4

 

 

107

5

G

0R

 

 Medium Date, Up Slope, DCr Through Head / Medium O/O Repunched West

A-5

 

*

108

6

H

0B1

 

 Med Level Date, DCr Through Head / Shattered Die, Med O, [mm Lt,H]

A-6

 

*

109

7

I

0R

 

 Med Level Date, DCr Through Legend / Medium O Over Horizontal O

A-7

G101

 

110

7

J

0R

 

 Med Level Date, DCr Through Legend / Medium O, [mm Lt,H,TR2]

 

 

 

110a

7.2

J.2

0R

 

 Heavy Die Cracks Through Legend / Cracked Reverse On Left Wreath

 

 

*

111

8

K

0L

 

 Repunched 89, Med Level Date / Med O Over Small S, [mm Lt,H,TL4]

 

 

 

112

9

K.2

0R

 

 Med Date, Sl. Up Slope / Med O Over Small S, Cracked and Clashed Die

A-8

 

 

113

10

L

0C

 

 Repunched 89, Med Date, Sl. Up Slope / Med O, [mm Lt,H,TL5], DCr

 

G102

 

114

11

M

-1B0

 

 Repunched 9, High Date, Down Slope /Repunched Med O, [mm Lt,H,TL6]

 

G103

 

114a

11.2

M.2

-1B0

 

 Die Crack Through Head / Die Cracks, Medium O, [mm Lt,H,TL6]

 

G103

 

114b

11.2

M.3

-1B0

 

 Die Crack Through Head / Shattered Die, Medium O, [mm Lt,H,TL6]

 

G103

 

115

12

N

1L

 

 Extra Ball To 9, Med Date, Sl. Up Slope/DCr Thru MM, [mm C,C,TR3]

 

G104

 

115a

12

N.2

1L

 

 Extra Ball To 9 / Cuds at 4:30, 7:30, Die Cr Thru MM, [mm C,C,TR3]

 
G105

 

116

13

O

0L

 

 Repunched 9, Med Date, Sl. Down Slope / [mm C,H], DCr at Mintmark

 

G105

 

117

14

P

0B1

 

 MPD 89 In Denticles, Med Date, Sl. Down Slope / Med O, [mm Lt,H,TL2]

 

 

 

118

15

Q

0C

 

 Heavy Die Cracks, High Level Date /Medium O, [mm Rt,H], Cracked Die

 

 

 

119

16

R

-1C

 

 High Date, Sl. Down Slope / Shattered Die, Medium O, [mm Lt,H,TR4]

 

 

 

119a

16

R.2

-1C

 

 High Date, Sl. Down Slope / Terminal Die State, Die Cud 8:00-9:00

 

 

 

120

17

S

1L

 

 Medium Date, Up Slope / Perfect Die, Med O, [mm C,H]

   

 

120a

17

S.2

1L

 

 Medium Date, Up Slope / Shattered Die At 2:30-4:30, Med O, [mm C,H]

 

 

 

121

18

T

0C

 

 Medium Level Date, Clashed Die / Clashed and Shattered Die [mm Lt,H]

 

 

 

122

19

U

1L

 

 Med Date, Sl. Up Slope / Cracked Die At 9:00-10:30, Med O, [mm C,H]

 

 

 

123

20

V

0B1

 

 Misplaced 1 Digit in Base, Medium Level Date / Medium O, [mm Lt,C]

   

 

123a

20

V.2

0B1

 

 MPD 1 in Base, Medium Level Date / DCr Through Mintmark, Medium O

 

 

 

123b

20.2

V.3

0B1

 

 Die Crack Through Head / Major Cud 9:00 - 10:30, Medium O

 

 

 

124

21

W

0L

 

 Medium Date, Down Slope / Medium O, Repunched West, [mm Lt,H]

 

 

 

124a

21.2

W.2

0L

 

 DCrs, Med Date, Down Slope / Die Break 10:00-11:30, Med O, [mm Lt,H]

 

 

 

125

22

X

0B1

 

 Medium Date, Up Slope / Retained Cud at 10:00, Med O, [mm Lt,H,TL6]

 

 

 

126

23

Y

1C

 

 Medium Level Date / Partial Cud at 1:00, Medium O, [mm Lt,H]

 

 

 

127

24

Z

1L

 

 High Level Date, DCr Through Head / Medium O, [mm Lt,H], Cracked Die

   
 
128
25
AA
0B1
 
 Excessive Clashing, Medium Date, Up Slope, / Medium O, [mm C,H,TR], Die Clashing, Strike Doubling
   
 

129

26

BB

0C

 

 High Date, Sl. Up Slope/ Shattered Die, Medium O, [mm Lt,H, TL6]

   
 

130

27

CC

-1B0

 

 Medium Date, Sl. Down Slope, Weak Final 1 / Medium O, [mm C,H,TR8]

   
 

131

28

DD

0B1

 

 Med Date, Up Slope/Shattered Die 10:00 - 11:30 Med O, [mm Lt,H,TR2]

   
 

132

29

EE

0B1

 

 Med Date, Up Slope/Cracked Die, Cud - Corn Ear, Med O, [mm Lt,H,TR2]

   

Variety Vs. Denticle Ruler Cross Reference Table

Reverse Die and Mintmark Position Comparison Guide

Scarcity: A common date in all grades but popular as the only affordable New Orleans With Legend obverse type. 

Updated Greer Rarity Ratings
Overall Rarity: G-VG R1, F-VF R1, EF-AU R2, MS R3+ 

                                Fortin Variety Rarity Estimates In VF - Mint State

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

Variety

Rarity

Suggested Premiums

101

R4

-

116

R3

-

102

R3

-

117

R5

50-100%

102a

R4

-

118

R4

-

103

R4

-

119

R4

-

103a

R3

-

119a

R6+

200-300%

104

R3

-

120

R4

-

104a

R4

-

120a

R6

200-300%

105

R3

-

121

R4

-

106

R4

-

122

R4+

-

106a

R4

-

123

R3

-

107

R3

-

123a

R3

-

108

R4+

-

123b

R7

200-300%

109

R6

800-1000%

124

R3

-

110

R4

-

124a

R5

100-200%

110a

R5

50-150%

125

R6

200-300%

111

R3

50-150%

126

R4+

100-200%

112

R4

-

127

R3

-

113

R3

-

128

R4

-

114
R3
-

129

R5

50-100%

114a

R4

-

130

R4

-

114b

R6

200-300%

131

R5

50-100%

115

R4

50-100%

132

R4+

-

115a

R6

200-300%

     
Comments: 1891 New Orleans dimes have an uncommon occurrence of die cracks and severe die breakage while strike 
quality is consistently strong.  No other date in the Seated Dime series shows a similar level of repeated die 
degradation and breakage.  Were a limited number of dies overworked to produce the 4,540,000 pieces?  The number 
of identified obverses dies would not support this explanation.  A review of 1891 coinage types at the New Orleans 
mint reveals only Seated dimes (4.5 million) and Morgan dollars (7.9 million) being produced in large quantities. 
Small denomination coinage had not been struck in New Orleans for many years prior to 1891.  Rather, the New Orleans 
mint had been busy producing millions of Morgan dollars since 1879.  I believe that, in 1891, the press operators 
were unfamiliar with the production of small denomination coinage.  Therefore the striking pressure employed for 
Morgan dollars may not have been properly adjusted during the striking of the dime denomination.  The result of 
improper or excessive striking pressure would be rapid die degradation and die cracking though producing sharply 
struck coinage. Today, 1891 New Orleans dimes with die cuds are a popular item with Seated dime collectors.  I
have attempted to list reasonable pricing premiums for varieties with die cuds.  Obtaining die cud varieties in 
grades of EF or better will be extremely challenging.
 
                               Value As A Date (Coin World Trends/CoinValues

Grade

1963

1973

1983

1993

2003

2012

G

1.5

2.5

4

4.25

20

15

F

3.5

5.5

7.25

7.75

30

25

EF

-

17

30

27

40

40

MS60

30

100

315

145

200

200

MS63

-

-

-

340

400

400

 

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