Obverse Dies; 8 Known
Both the date and arrows were placed on the master hub for 1855 dimes resulting in a consistent positioning of these devices on the obverse die. Variations in date hubbing strength on the working dies produced strong and weak date transfers. The working die preparation process produced at least three 1855 obverse dies with doubling in the date or shield. 1855 dimes are much more difficult to find sharply struck than their 1853 or 1854 With Arrows counterparts.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101a, Obverse Die Used For Proof Strikes, Satiny Luster on Both the Obverse and Reverse of This Near-Gem. The Strike is Sharp and the Surfaces are Problem Free. Lightly Patinated in Golden-Gray Hues
1855 was the last year of the With Arrows type, apparently because there were sufficient quantities of the new, lighter-weight Dimes in circulation by then. Between 1853 and 1855, the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mint struck over 21 million With Arrows Dimes, an unprecedented quantity meant to drive the old Dimes from circulation. Philadelphia was the only mint to produce Dimes in 1855; the New Orleans Mint employees were granted a reprieve from such duties until the next year.
In terms of original mintages, survival rates, and numbers of Mint State examples, the 1854-O and 1855 Dimes mimic each other closely. Their populations in all grades at PCGS are nearly identical. Like the 1854-O Dime, the 1855 is seen most frequently in MS63 and MS64. The one difference between the two is that there are several PCGS-graded MS67 1855 Dimes atop the Census, plus there is an NGC MS68 ranked as finest known.