1845 LIBERTY SEATED 10C PR65
VERY RARE PROOF. EST 6-10 STRUCK. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1845, Stephen Meek made his way across the Oregon Trail to Fort Laramie where he was promised a job as a trapper. When Meek reached the fort and learned that the job was no longer available, he traveled back along the Oregon Trail looking for migrants. Meek told the travelers he met that he knew of a shortcut to Oregon that others were unaware of and would guide families on it at the price of five dollars per wagon. Convincing two hundred families, Meek and his group set off on a short cut later called Meek Cutoff, which was much harder than the normal trail and led to many people losing their lives. This 1845 dime recalls the treacherous trail forged by Stephen Meek.
The Stars Obverse Seated Dime spans two noncontiguous time periods: 1838-1852 and 1856-1859. Those proofs struck during the first period are rarer, as they were produced in very limited numbers. The proof Dimes from the 1856-1859, however, are still scarce-to-rare in their own right. These later issues either have limited mintages, or saw limited distribution in the early days of the Mint's attempt to gain widespread collector acceptance for its proof coinage program.