Obverse Dies: 1 Known
A single die pair was employed to strike 1851 New Orleans coinage, though the obverse die appears to be polished down during its production life. In EF through AU grades, this date becomes very scarce. Only
a few example are known in Mint State. The obverse on all examples has weak drapery details between Liberty's body and right arm. This area has been polished down to a smooth appearance on the obverse die.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Well Struck From Single Die Pair In 1851, Even Light Gray Tone, the Obverse Die is Obviously Polished
The 1851-O Dime has a relatively large mintage of 400,000 coins but because of the New Orleans Mint's distance from collectors, the survival rate of this date is low. This is particularly true of Mint State examples, which are few and far between, and which are mostly low-end. PCGS has certified only four Uncirculated examples, the best of which is a PCGS MS63. However, the finest 1851-O Dime is an NGC MS65 that sold out of the Eugene Gardner Collection in 2015.
Heritage 3/1999:6312 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98229, $15,275
Bob Simpson Collection of Seated Dimes - Heritage 9/2010:3638, $3,450