Obverse 6: Proof Die, High Date, Downward Slope, Repunched 1(845)
Reverse H: Proof Die
Obverse 6 Reverse H
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s)
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Comments: Multiple 1845 proof seated dime references are available. The first being the Stack's Lovejoy Sale, October 16, 1990. In that sale, lot 230 was an NGC PF64 example. The date position is similar to Obverse 5, but with less downward slope. Stack's describes the piece as a doubled date. The second example is the Eliasberg specimen.
Bowers and Merena state that the 8 and 4 digits are heavily doubled punched with die chips around Stars 1-6 and Stars 12-13. The reverse die exhibits a die line through STA(TE)S continuing to rim above STATE(S).
During the April 2013 Heritage CSNS sale, the Eric P. Newman specimen was sold as Lot 3903. NGC graded the Newman 1845 dime as Proof 65 followed by a CAC validation. Heritage described the dime as, "All proof 1845 dimes appear to be from the same die pair, with a high date showing a slight downward slope from left to right. There is no indication of repunching of the 1, with clear doubling of 845. Tiny die chips are visible at the points of stars 3 through 6, and star 13. The top surface of the digits are blunt, a characteristic identical to other known proofs."
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Breen also lists an 1845 proof dime as #3248. He indicates that the 45 digits are repunched with 7 examples known.
Plate Coin: Courtesy of Richmond Collection/www.davidlawrence.com, NGC PF65 Cameo - Ex. Eliasberg
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