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100 Top Liberty Seated Dime Varieties

Category:  Varieties
Owner:  Gerry Fortin
Last Modified:  11/27/2012
  
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Slot: Top 100 #1 1837 Fortin 101c
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1837 Fortin 101c
Grade: PCGS MS 65
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Large Date, Clashed Obverse and Reverse, obverse pie shaped die cracks with heavily clashed obverse and reverse dies - Significant die clashing has taken place between Obverse 1 and Reverse A. Obverse die clash marks are clearly evident on and around Liberty's upper body. On the reverse, strong die clash marks are visible around DIM(E) and through the ribbon and stem ends. Reverse A will be used again with a Small Date obverse creating F-104.

Plate Coin; The plate coin shows a spectacular strike and example of the shattered and clashed 1837 Large Date obverse variety. A most difficult variety to locate in this state of preservation...probably the finest known based on review of past auction records.
Slot: Top 100 #2 1837 Fortin 103a
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY
Item Description: 10C 1837 SM DATE SEATED
Grade: NGC AU 58
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Small Date, Reverse Horizontal Die Crack, reverse die crack from rim through UNIT(E)D and wreath to (ON)E - The date on this obverse die (Obverse 3) is slightly larger than the other Small Date obverse (Obverse 2), probably due to a stronger placement within the die. The date is also higher than Obverse 2, with the 7 digit pointing between two denticles. The reverse has developed a significant die crack starting from the rim at 9:00, through UNIT(E)D, the wreath, (O)NE and ending at DI(ME). This reverse die state also shows considerable erosion around the legend.

Plate Coin; A well struck 1837 Small Date dime with light gold toning on obverse and reverse
Slot: Top 100 #3 1838-O Fortin 101
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY
Item Description: 10C 1838 O
Grade: PCGS MS 64
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1838 New Orleans

Mintage:489,064
Obverse Dies: 1 Known

There are two known die pairings for 1838 New Orleans coinage. Both die pairings employ the same obverse die. The initial 30 specimens of 1838-O dimes were struck on May 7-8, 1838. An additional 367,434 of Ahwash 1 were struck between June and July 1838. The final group (Ahwash 2) was struck in January 1839.

Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Ahwash 1, Repunched O/O, Consistent Medium Golden and Bronze Toning on Obverse and Reverse, Flawless Surfaces, Originally Holdered As ICG65, CoinFacts Plate Coin for 1838-O date.
Slot: Top 100 #4 1838 Fortin 101a
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1838 Fortin 101a
Grade: PCGS MS 65
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Small Stars on obverse intended for half-dimes, late die state obverse with heavy die crack on left side , doubled die reverse - Early die state Small Star dimes are always found with a die crack through Stars 1 - 6. During the later die states, the die cracks on the Small Stars obverse continue to magnify and progress through the rock and across all digits of the date. The denticles under the date show considerable die erosion. On Reverse A, a significant die crack is evident from the S in STATES, down through OF and across the tops of (AME)RICA. Reverse A is strongly doubled on (O)NE and (D)IME and throughout the wreath.

Plate Coin; Late die state but sharply struck, lustrous and choice
Slot: Top 100 #5 1838 Fortin 103b
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1838 Fortin 103b
Grade: PCGS MS 64
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Vertically Cracked Reverse, die crack starts at STATE(E) then down through O(N)E and D(I)ME into left bow knot - A vertical die crack completely bisects the reverse from north to south during this late die state. On Obverse 2, the repunching of Stars 8 and 9 is still evident. Minor rim cuds are present on the left side of the obverse. 1838 dimes with this late die state produce a spectacular variety that can be challenging to locate at large coin shows or at auction.

Plate Coin; Lovely gem example with reverse die exhibiting the vertically cracked die variety.
Slot: Top 100 #7 1838 Fortin 108a
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1838 Fortin 108a
Grade: PCGS MS 64
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Partial Drapery Obverse, obverse die clash below Liberty's right arm, repunched 18 digits, reverse die also strongly clashed - A single 1838 obverse die was clashed during its life resulting in the transfer of reverse wreath details to the area below Libertys right arm. This die clash was first attributed as partial drapery and the designation has remained popular with date and variety collectors.

Plate Coin: A near-gem that boasts copper-gray and light green patina.
Slot: Top 100 #8 1838 Fortin 110a
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1838 Fortin 110a
Grade: PCGS XF 45
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Cracked Obverse #2, die crack starting at Star 7 proceeding diagonally through Liberty, then to rim below foot - 1838 cracked obverse #2 exhibits a die crack starting from the rim, down through Star 7, Liberty's body and down along the outer right edge of the shield. The die crack curves and exits to the rim directly below Liberty's foot. Reverse G exhibits considerable wear with a weakened die clash mark, the clash resulting from the pairing with the Partial Drapery obverse. Reverse G is again utilized by the Philadelphia mint in 1839 for additional coinage.

Plate Coin: Greer plate coin













Slot: Top 100 #9 1838 Fortin 111a
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1838 Fortin 111a
Grade: PCGS AU 58
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Cracked Obverse #3, die crack starting at Star 6 proceeding diagonally through Liberty, then to rim below foot - Obverse 7 is the last of the 1838 obverse dies with a bisecting die crack. In this case, the die crack originates at Star 7 and proceeds through Liberty's left shoulder, across her body and left leg and finally exits below her foot to the rim. Star 13 is strongly repunched. Reverse H, in a later die state, shows a die crack starting at the rim above STA(T)ES, through ST(AT)ES and terminating within the upper left wreath. This die state still exhibits die scratches behind the ribbon bow. Reverse H will be used again in 1839 for one final die pairing. I have seen more examples of Obverse 8 with the later die state of Reverse H than without the reverse die crack.

Plate Coin; Greer plate coin


Slot: Top 100 #10 1839 Fortin 105b
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1839 Fortin 105b
Grade: PCGS G
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Pie Shaped Shattered Obverse, three spectacular die cracks meeting in the center of the obverse die - An earlier die crack that originated from the rim below 18 digits, now fully bisects Obverse 2 and exits to the upper rim at Star 7. Another major die crack starts at the rim by Star 13 and proceeds horizontally towards the center of the obverse, intersecting the vertical crack at the upper right point of the shield. Ahwash indicates that his plate coin showed repunching of the 1, 3 and 9 digits in the date. Reverse E remains perfect based on the residual details from this low grade coin, and die alignment is normal.

Plate Coin; One of 6-7 known examples with most being in G-VG grade. I consider this variety to be one of the four key dimes in the Top 100 Seated Dime Variety set. It is excessively rare with the finest known example being the Ahwash and Greer plate coin.












Slot: Top 100 #11 1839-O Fortin 103
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1839 O Fortin 103
Grade: PCGS XF 45
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Small O Obverse/ Large O Reverse, late die state of Large O reverse paired with late die state of Small O obverse die - This variety results from a third pairing of Obverse 1 (Small O) with Reverse 3 (Large O) during their respective late die states. This is a very rare variety with few examples known to date. Inspection of both the obverse and reverse on 1839 Large O specimens will be necessary to locate this most difficult variety. Use a Large O late die state reverse as the primary diagnostic, then inspect the obverse for star positions and die cracks to locate an example of Fortin 103.

Plate Coin; The PCGS grade of EF45 is conservative as this Ahwash plate coin exhibits full AU50 details.












Slot: Top 100 #12 1839-O Fortin 104a
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1839 O Fortin 104a
Grade: PCGS GE
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Repunched Large O mintmark, long horizontal die crack starting at UN(I)TED through left wreath and across DIME - The bold repunching of the Large O mintmark remains clearly visible during the later die state of Reverse C. A significant bisecting horizontal die crack has formed. The die crack starts at the right to the left of UN(I)TED, travels through the I of UNITED, then proceeds through the left wreath and into (DIME).

Plate Coin; Ahwash's plate coin currently residing in PCGS Genuine holder due to surface question.
Slot: Top 100 #13 1839-O Fortin 106a
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY
Item Description: 10C 1839 O
Grade: PCGS MS 64
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1839 New Orleans

Mintage: 1,323,000
Obverse Dies: 5 Known

A total of five different obverse dies and six reverse dies have been identified for 1839 New Orleans coinage.

I have found the plate coin obverse and reverse die pair to be the most available example of all 1839-O dimes seen to date. Star 1 on Obverse 3 was punched below the crease in the rock and can be used as the primary diagnostic point. Early die state examples of Obverse 3 are typically seen with either a rim cud at 5:00 or the combination of rim cuds at 1:00 through 4:00 and at 5:00 The Large O mintmark of Reverse D is positioned sharply right and high.

Plate Coin: Fortin 105, Ahwash 4, Large O, Early Die State, Lustrous Silver Example, Super Strike
Slot: Top 100 #16 1840-O Fortin 106
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1840 O Fortin F-106
Grade: PCGS XF 40
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Medium O Mintmark and a die crack dropping downward through STAT(E)S - Only one reverse die was punched with Medium O mintmark for 1840 New Orleans coinage. This die has reverse rims that are usually weak along with the legend. A significant die crack is typically seen from rim through STAT(E)S down into the denomination. Early die state examples can be located with much searching (no die crack). The obverse shows considerable die wear around stars and date. Weak strikes are common with the shield, head and foot being the weakest areas. Given the scarcity of this variety, developing an explanation of the die states of both the obverse and reverse dies is a most challenging undertaking.

Plate Coin; Greer Plate Coin
Slot: Top 100 #17 1841 Fortin 103
Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY
Item Description: 10C 1841
Grade: NGC MS 63
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Repunched 184 Digits, repunching below the base of the 184 digits in the date and a reverse die crack through (S)TATES - 1841 Obverse 3 is easily identified by sharp repunching of the 184 digits. Bold die scratches between the rim and Stars 12 and 13 are secondary diagnostic points for this obverse. Obverse 3 (repunched 184) is 4 to 5 times more available than Obverse 4 (repunched 841). However, only two example of Obverse 3 paired with Reverse C has been seen to date. Obverse 3 is typically seen paired with a progressively rusting die that I have chosen to list as Reverse D. Use the die crack from the rim through the first S in STATES to wreath to identify Variety 103. The obverse die lines between rim and Stars 12 and 13 subside with die wear. 1841 dimes with bold die lines between Stars 12 and 13 and the rim should be checked for pairing with Reverse C, with its die crack at (S)TATES.











Slot: Top 100 #18 1841 Fortin 105
Origin/Country: United States
Design Description:
Item Description: 10C 1841 Fortin 105
Grade: PCGS MS 60
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Owner Comments
Repunched 841 Digits, repunching below the base of the 841 digits, obverse is paired with reverse die that is badly rusted - An excessively rusted reverse die (Reverse D, which was paired with Obverse 3 (repunched 184 digits) is now paired with a second obverse die. Interestingly this obverse die also has a repunched date. Obverse 4 exhibits a date that is repunched under the 841 digits. I have not seen Obverse 4 paired with any other reverse dies.
The repunched 841 variety is much more difficult to locate than examples of the repunched 184 variety.

Plate Coin; Grading is quite conservative in PCGS OGH



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