PCGS grade. Ex: Matthew A. Stickney Collection; H. Chapman; John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Sold by Bowers & Merena May '96 price realized $90,200. Lot #1132.
The 1845-O Dime is the rarest of the O-Mint Dimes of the 1840's, though the 1843-O is not far behind. Both of those dates are exceedingly rare in Mint State, but the 1845-O shines because of a remarkable item that is a standout among all Seated Liberty coins of all denominations - a single PCGS MS69 1845-O Dime. This remarkable coin is superb in every respect, but especially in the area of eye appeal. It is simply stunning.
After the MS69, there are only a few Mint State 1845-O Dimes - two raw examples in the MS63 to MS64 range, plus a PCGS MS62. Below that, it is difficult to find this date in any grade above AU50. This is primarily because of the dearth of coin collectors in 1845 and the overall lack of interest in collecting by mintmarks.
Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:??? - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/1996:1132 - Bowers & Merena 5/2005:403, $161,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98226, $123,376.18
Waldo E. "Pat" Bolen, Jr. Collection - Stack's/RARCOA/Akers “Numisma ‘95” 11/1995:2075, $2,640
Northern Bay Collection - Stack's 3/2006:4233, $17,250
Bob R. Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3630, $23,000