Obverse Dies: 2 Known
1853 No Arrows dimes are scarce in circulated grades but much more available in Mint State grades than their low mintage would suggest. Two obverse dies and a single reverse die are currently known. Ahwash indicates that 55,000 pieces were delivered on February 17 while the remaining 40,000 pieces when issued on February 19, 1853 before conversion to the lower silver weight planchets.
Plate Coin: Fortin 101, Ahwash 1, Even Light Bronze Tone on Both Obverse and Reverse, Strike Consistent With Grade
1853 was a year of big changes in American coins, and the Dimes were not immune. Early in 1853, the Philadelphia Mint produced 95,000 Dimes under the old weight standard of 2.67 grams. Later in 1853, the weight of the Dime was reduced to 2.49 grams. To signify the change, engravers placed arrowheads on either side of the date, then the coiners proceeded to strike over 12 million Dimes of the new format. Ironically, the 1853 With Arrows Dime is more popular with collectors than the No Arrows version -- even though the former has a substantially larger mintage -- because it represents a type issued for only three years. Nonethless, the 1853 No Arrows Dime is a scarce and popular coin in its own right. Despite its scarity, collectors can find this date in Mint State with relative ease, and there are several really nice examples (including some MS68's).
Dime expert, Jerry Fortin, has identifed two die pairs used to strike all of the 1853 No Arrows Dimes.
Rusty Forehand Collection - Heritage 6/2006:1043, $18,400 - Rusty Forehand Collection - Heritage 6/2006:1043, $18,400