Obverse Dies: 8 Known
A total of eight different obverse dies have been identified for 1841 Philadelphia coinage.
The plate coin is an Obverse 3, repunched 184 example which is paired with a second reverse die that is rotated 18 degrees right. Reverse D is perfect during this early die state. I have found rust free reverse die examples to be difficult to locate. Most later die state examples exhibit progressive levels of damage as Reverse D is rusting. The ME in DIME and the UN in UNITED are the prime areas of inspection for determining the level of damage to Reverse D.
Plate Coin: Fortin 104, Repunched 184, Wonderful Rose, Green, Blue and Golden Toning
The 1841 Dime is a relatively common coin among the No Stars Dimes. Several dozen Mint State examples are known, mostly in MS63 and MS64. The best examples certified by PCGS are at the MS66 level; NGC has graded a single MS68.
The "No Drapery" 1841 Dime remains the most interesting variety of this year. On this variety, the drapery was ground offf the coin by excessive polishing. That this was intended to be a With Drapery Dime can be proven by the upright shield, which is only seen on With Drapery Dimes.
Fully struck 1841 Dimes can be elusive, as many examples show weakness on the denticles, especially on the obverse.
Franklin Dean Collection - Superior 1/2006:345, $12,650
Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:74, $5,170