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Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, No Drapery, 1838-1840

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, No Drapery, 1838-1840

Description: Though the No Stars dime was a more faithful rendition of the cameo-like Liberty Seated design as implemented by Christian Gobrecht, objections were voiced about the “missing” stars. William Kneass had included 13 small... read more »

 

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, Drapery, Arrows, 1853-1855

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, Drapery, Arrows, 1853-1855

Description: The Coinage Act of February 21, 1853, established the prevalence of fiat coinage for this nation; that is, the value stamped on a coin was what the government said it was, not necessarily the value of the material from which that... read more »

 

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Obverse Legend, 1860-1891

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Obverse Legend, 1860-1891

Description: The 13 stars added to the obverse of the dime in 1838 satisfied the interests of those who missed the John Reich/ William Kneass stars from the earlier Capped Bust style; but those stars were considered the reason for the incomplete... read more »

 

Dimes – Seated Dime, Obverse Legend, Arrows 1873-1874

Dimes – Seated Dime, Obverse Legend, Arrows 1873-1874

Description: The Mint Act of February 12, 1873, mandated a slight increase in the weight of the dime, to 2.50 grams; a difference which was within the allowable weight tolerance of the current dime planchet. Some have speculated that previously... read more »

 

Dimes – Barber Dime, 1892-1916

Dimes – Barber Dime, 1892-1916

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed for change of coin designs every 25 years, and the dime, quarter, and half dollar were eligible for a redesign in 1891. An initial competition to come up with a new design was opened only to 10 eminent... read more »

 

Dimes – Winged Liberty (“Mercury”) Dime, 1916-1945

Dimes – Winged Liberty (“Mercury”) Dime, 1916-1945

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. Thus, in 1916, there was interest in replacing Charles E. Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar. Mint Director Robert W. Woolley... read more »

 

Dimes – Roosevelt Silver Dime 1946-1964

Dimes – Roosevelt Silver Dime 1946-1964

Description: Franklin D. Roosevelt led the United States through both the economic depression of the early 1930s and World War II, events that defined a generation of Americans. When he died in April 1945 he was mourned not only by citizens... read more »

 

Dimes – Roosevelt Clad Dime, 1964- present

Dimes – Roosevelt Clad Dime, 1964- present

Description: Franklin Roosevelt’s portrait on the dime was a fitting choice in 1946. He was a revered figure for many of the “Greatest Generation”, those who lived through the 1930s Great Depression and prevailed in World War... read more »

 

Twenty Cents – 1875-1878

Twenty Cents – 1875-1878

Description: The United States twenty cent coin (often called a twenty cent piece) was a unit of currency equalling 1/5th of a United States dollar. The twenty cent coin had one of the shortest mintages and lowest circulations in US coin history,... read more »

 

Quarters – Draped Bust Small Eagle Quarter, 1796

Quarters – Draped Bust Small Eagle Quarter, 1796

Description: The Draped Bust half dollar was introduced after only two years of production of the previous design. The simple portrait of Liberty on the Flowing Hair type was criticized as being an inappropriate representation, not dignified... read more »

 

Quarters – Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Quarter, 1804-1807

Quarters – Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Quarter, 1804-1807

Description: In contrast to the situation today, where quarters are probably the most commonly used coin for transactions, in the early 1800s few were used. It was one of the last U.S. coins to be produced following the Mint Act of 1792, and... read more »

 

Quarters – Capped Bust Quarter, Large Size, 1815-1828

Quarters – Capped Bust Quarter, Large Size, 1815-1828

Description: The last Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle quarter dollar was minted in 1807, the same year that German immigrant John Reich was hired by the U.S. Mint. Tasked with creating new coinage designs, Reich modified Liberty’s portrait... read more »

 

Quarters – Capped Bust Quarter, Small Diameter, 1831-1838

Quarters – Capped Bust Quarter, Small Diameter, 1831-1838

Description: Quarters with John Reich’s Capped Bust design, introduced in 1815, were not produced in 1829 and 1830. When mintage began again in 1831 it was with new technology, the “close collar”, which surrounded the edge... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, No Motto, No Drapery, 1838-1840

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, No Motto, No Drapery, 1838-1840

Description: Engraver Christian Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated motif was first seen in 1836 on the silver dollar, and in 1837 on the half dime and dime. The design was applied to the quarter in 1838, though the year has both this type and the... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, No Motto, Drapery, 1840-1865

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, No Motto, Drapery, 1840-1865

Description: Liberty Seated quarters produced in 1838, 1839, and part of 1840 did not have an extra fold of drapery hanging forward from Liberty’s left elbow. Mint Director Robert Maskell Patterson hired miniaturist Robert Ball Hughes... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows and Rays, 1853

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows and Rays, 1853

Description: The discovery of gold in California and other places in the late 1840s and early 1850s resulted in an abundance of that metal flowing into the realm of commerce. A consequence of this was that the price of gold fell relative to... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows, 1854-1855

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows, 1854-1855

Description: Through the Mint Act of February 21, 1853, the weights of fractional silver coins (half dime, dime, quarter, and half dollar) were reduced to remove the incentive the melt those coins for bullion; the silver content of the older... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter with motto 1866-1891

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter with motto 1866-1891

Description: The “Seated Liberty” designs appeared on most regular-issue silver United States coinage during the mid- and late-nineteenth century, from 1836 through 1891. The denominations which featured the Seated Liberty design... read more »

 

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows, 1873-1874

Quarters – Liberty Seated Quarter, Arrows, 1873-1874

Description: Liberty Seated quarters were produced from 1838 through 1891, eventually replaced by Charles E. Barber’s Liberty Head motif. A Guide Book of United States Coins, the familiar Red Book, recognizes five types of Seated quarters;... read more »

 

Quarters – Barber Quarter 1892-1916

Quarters – Barber Quarter 1892-1916

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed for change of coin designs every twenty-five years, and the dime, quarter, and half dollar were eligible to be changed in 1891. A contest was held to come up with a new design; judges for the entries... read more »

 
 
 
 
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