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What Coins did the New Orleans Mint Produce? 

The New Orleans Mint is best known for the Morgan silver dollars it produced. 

The United States Mint at New Orleans produced coins for less than 60 years. In that short span of time, it minted more than 421 million coins in silver and gold. This includes most U.S. coins issued between 1838 and 1861 and from 1879 through 1909, excluding pennies and nickels. 

Background of the New Orleans Mint 

The United States Mint at New Orleans was operational from 1838 to 1861 and 1879 to 1909. On May 7, 1838, the first 30 dimes were struck at the branch. The mint produced every issue of U.S. coin that was struck in its years as a United State Mint branch with the exclusion of pennies and nickels.  

New Orleans Mint Operations During the Civil War 

Louisiana seceded from the United States on January 26, 1861. Confederates retained control of the Mint office, its staff, and the $483,983 in gold and silver coins in the building. The Constitution of the Confederate states was ratified in March of 1861 and the Mint began producing CSA half dollars until the bullion supply ran out in April. Mint staff continued reporting for duty until May 31, after which the building was used to house Confederate troops.  

Union naval forces, led by Admiral David Farragut, recaptured the town of New Orleans the following year. After the Civil War ended, the building received new minting equipment and began producing coins again in 1879. The Mint operated until 1909 and has been a Louisiana State Museum branch since 1981.  

Collecting Coins from the New Orleans Mint 

Finding the half dimes, dimes, quarters, half dollars, dollars, and larger denomination gold coins from the New Orleans Mint can prove challenging. Since it has not produced any coins since 1909, many of these coins have been added to collections and carry a high premium.  

U.S. Coins Produced at the New Orleans Mint by Year and Series 

If a collector wanted to build a full assembly of coins from the New Orleans Mint, this list is a good starting point. 

Coin Coin Series Years Issued 
Three Cent Pieces Three Cent Silver 1851 
Half Dime Seated Liberty 1838-1842, 1844, 1848-1860 
Dime Seated Liberty 1838-1843, 1845, 1849-1860, 1891 
Dime Barber 1892-1903, 1905-1909 
Quarter Seated Liberty 1840-1844, 1847, 1849-1860, 1891 
Quarter Barber 1892-1909 
Half Dollar Capped Bust 1838-1839 
Half Dollar Seated Liberty 1840-1861 
Half Dollar Barber 1892-1909 
Dollar Seated Liberty 1846, 1850, 1859-1860 
Dollar Morgan 1879-1904 
Gold Dollar Liberty Head 1849-1853 
Gold Dollar Indian Princess 1855 
Gold Quarter Eagle Classic Head 1839 
Gold Quarter Eagle Liberty Head 1840, 1842-1843, 1845-1847, 1850-1852, 1854, 1856-1857 
Gold Three Dollars  Indian Head 1854 
Gold Half Eagle Liberty Head 1840-1847, 1851, 1854-1857, 1892-1894 
Gold Half Eagle Indian Head 1909 
Gold Eagle Liberty Head 1841-1860, 1879-1883, 1888, 1892-1895, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1903-1904, 1906 
Gold Double Eagle Liberty Head 1850-1861, 1879 

Confederate Coins Produced at the New Orleans Mint 

Confederate officials redesigned the reverse of the 1861 Seated Liberty half dollar to strike a Confederate half dollar. It is thought that rebel forces produced almost 1 million of the 2,532,633 New Orleans 1861 half dollars, but the exact number of Confederate half dollars is not known.  

Why did the New Orleans Mint Close? 

The New Orleans Mint branch was largely dependent on the Morgan silver dollar and to a lesser degree, gold coins. When the Morgan silver dollar series ended in 1904, there simply were not enough coins for the branch to strike. As a result, the mint ceased coinage operations in 1909, and in 1911, the branch was officially closed, and its equipment was moved to Philadelphia. 

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