1850 10C MS64 Certification #09987633, PCGS #4593
Obverse Dies: 8 Known
For the 1850 Philapelphia date, eight obverse and nine reverse dies have been identified. Obverse 2, on the registry coin, is easy to attribute through its very high date and the 185 digits touching the base. Reverse C has heavy die flash around bow loops and knot.
Plate Coin: Fortin 103, Pittman Collection, Ahwash 3, Golden and Blue Toning Over Prooflike Surfaces, A Fine PQ Example
1850 saw a return to the big Dime mintages of the past, this being the largest since 1842 (at New Orleans). As a result, the 1850 Dime is one of the more affordable dates of the No Stars type. Mint State 1850 Dimes are fairly plentiful, particularly from MS62 to MS64. Gem examples are about as tough as any other date in the series, and MS66 seems to be the best possible grade. Proof 1850 Dimes are extremelty rare and fewer than ten examples exist today.
Jerry Fortin has identifed twelve different die varieties for this date and suspects that more will be found over time.