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||DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY, STARS OBVERSE
||10C 1851 O
||NGC MS 65
Only one die pair known for the year, and this coin is the only MS-65 slabbed at either service. R-7 in mint state, and the pops bear this out with only seven coins graded MS-62 or better (three MS-64's are next highest). The strike is decent although the obverse die is heavily rusted. There are two marks on Liberty's head otherwise no distractions on the obverse to report. The reverse seems perfect. On its own perhaps meriting a higher grade. Even natural toning gives the coin good eye appeal. If there is a sleeper in this series, a coin whose rarity in gem grades goes unrecognized, the 1851-O is it. Bought from a Heritage auction, March 1999, lot 6312.