Fortin has reported the discovery of an 1851-O Seated Liberty dime
struck at the New Orleans Mint that is absent Star 7 in the obverse
field, in front of Liberty's face.
the October 2015 issue of the Liberty Seated
Collectors Club's electronic newsletter, The E-Gobrecht,
Fortin writes the entire production of 400,000 1851-O Seated Liberty
dimes was accomplished from a single pair of dies.
says he examined a Professional Coin Grading Service About
Uncirculated 50 1851-O dime acquried by collector Ken Rubin who
suspected he might have encountered a Chinese counterfeit. Fortin's
examination of Rubin's coin determined the coin to be a genuine U.S.
believes the almost complete absence of Star 7 in front of Liberty's
face is most likely the result of a grease-filled die.
fact that Star 6 and Liberty's facial details are not disturbed is
amazing," according to Fortin. "The foreign material that
filled the Star 7 crevice on the die was localized leaving only a
faint impression of the star at top most point."
the identification of Rubin's find, a second example has surfaced,
accordiing to Fortin.