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Obverse of 1849-O Half Dime     Reverse of 1849-O Half Dime


PCGS No: 4344


Circulation strikes: 140,000

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 20.6 grains (1.3 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
NGC MS-65 (illustrated above).  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Long Beach" Sale, September 23-24, 1999, Lot 5460

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6854, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 476, not illustrated, sold for $402.00

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 9 MS-64's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service