1845 10C MS64 Certification #04015391, PCGS #4586
Obverse Dies: 6 Known
Six obverse dies and eight reverse dies are known for the 1845 date. Obverse 5, the 1845/1845 repunched date obverse die, is paired with a second reverse die. During the initial pairing, the dies appear to clash based on the diagnostics from the plate coin. Obverse die clash marks are visible to the left of Liberty's left hand and immediately right of Liberty's right elbow. On the reverse, die clashing is easily seen behind the letters ME in DIME.
Plate Coin: Fortin 108, Repunched 1845/1845, Bold Strike, Light Gold Toning Over Problem Free Surfaces
The large mintage of the 1845 Dime makes it one of the more common dates in the 1840's. Because 1845 Dimes are usually struck well and can be found in nice condition at affordable prices, they are often the date of choice for type collectors. The proper term for Mint State 1845 Dimes is "scarce", but there are quite a few examples in the MS62 to MS64 range. Gems are truly rare and only a few have been graded better than MS65. In fact, the finest example known today is the colorfully toned PCGS MS66+ illustrated above -- it is the only one at that level and none have been graded higher by PCGS.