Obverse Dies: 7 Known
A fairly common date in circulated grades contrasted with a relatively low mintage of under 500,000 pieces. Seven obverse dies have been identified for the 1859 Philadelphia date including the popular variety with a misplaced 9 digit in the lower gown. This variety was discovery by Gerry Fortin in 1991 and had been overlooked by Kam Ahwash. Within Ahwash's "Encyclopedia of United States - Liberty Seated Dimes 1837 - 1891", the 1859 misplaced date variety is clearly visible.
Plate Coin: Fortin 107, Extremely well struck example throughout with soft golden toning on the peripheries. Searched over 10 years to locate a fully struck and original specimen for this PCGS registry set upgrade.
The 1859 Dime was the last of the Stars Obverse Dimes. It is a fairly common date, though it is not nearly as common as the 1857, 1857-O, and the 1856. Fortunately, this date can be found in high grade more easily than any other date of the 1856-1859 time period. Over a dozen examples are known in MS67, making this an axcellent value for type collectors. The best example is a monster PCGS MS68 that was graded decades ago but which has never appeared at auction.
This date comes well struck and usually has frosty luster.