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.
Ron Guth: In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1838-O Dime was ranked tenth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This dime was the first coin struck at the New Orleans branch mint when 30 pieces were delivered on May 7, 1838. This date is popular as a type coin and rare in mint state but average circulated pieces are generally available to the interested collectors. The Eliasberg specimen was graded MS-64 when it sold at auction in May 1996. More recently the beautifully toned Pittman specimen was graded NGC MS-64 when it was sold by DLRC Auctions in the Richmond Collection in March 2005. This issue received scattered support from respondents, most likely due to the significance each member placed upon its historical importance."