Obverse Dies: 3 Known
In problem free EF or better, 1849-O dimes are difficult to locate. Mint State specimens are available but at a significant premium to later New Orleans Mint State dimes from 1850 through 1852. Large O examples are nearly always weakly struck on obverse and reverse. Finding a fully struck Large O dime will be very challenging and could take many years. Small O Varieties 102 and 104 are the most likely to be found well struck. Three obverse dies and two reverse dies were used to produce the 1849 New Orleans coinage.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101b, Large O Reverse With Die Cracks, Incredible Toning Throughout and a Bold Strike for Large O Coinage, Simply One of the Finest 1849-O Examples Seen
The 1849-O Dime is the third rarest New Orleans date from the 1840's. It is also one of the toughest dates in ALL of the 1840's to find in Mint State. In fact, it is almost as rare as the better-known 1844. However, unlike the 1844, there are no Gem examples of the 1849-O. Of the dozen or so Mint State 1849-O Dimes, MS64 remains the best grade assigned to this date.
Gerry Fortin has identified four die varieties for this date, plus several die states and rotated reverses. The most siginificant varieties of the 1849-O Dime include a Large Mintmark, a Small Mintmark, and a recut date.