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Half Dimes – Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Half Dimes – Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Description: Small numbers of half dimes were made in 1792, a tangible result of the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton to move the United States to a decimal coinage system. The 1792 coins are often collected... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Description: Robert Scot’s Flowing Hair half dime design, used in 1794 and 1795, was disparaged by some for his portrayals both of Liberty and the reverse eagle. Perhaps responding to that criticism, Mint Director Henry W. DeSaussure announced... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Heraldic Eagle, 1800-1805

Half Dimes – Draped Bust Half Dime, Heraldic Eagle, 1800-1805

Description: Following a two-year gap in production, mintage of half dimes resumed in 1800. The obverse portrait of Liberty remained, though slightly updated, but the reverse was extensively modified. Most noticeable, and giving name to the... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Capped Bust Half Dime, 1829-1837

Half Dimes – Capped Bust Half Dime, 1829-1837

Description: The Draped Bust half dime was last produced in 1805, the final year of a short five-year series of the type (no half dimes were produced in 1804). Production of half dimes resumed in 1829, the first samples struck early on July... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Stars, 1837-1838

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, No Stars, 1837-1838

Description: The portrayal of Liberty shown on Seated coins was favored by Mint Director Robert M. Patterson, who apparently did not like portraits on coins. This representation of Liberty was similar to the figure of Britannia used on copper... read more »

 

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

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

Description: Though the No Stars half 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... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, 1838-1859

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Stars, 1838-1859

Description: This type might be more specifically described as the Stars, Drapery half dime, to distinguish it from the previous 1838-1840 Stars, No Drapery issue prepared by Christian Gobrecht. Robert Ball Hughes, a sculptor originally from... read more »

 

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Arrows, 1853-1855

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Arrows, 1853-1855

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

 

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Legend, 1860-1873

Half Dimes – Liberty Seated Half Dime, Legend, 1860-1873

Description: After the weight of the half dime was reduced in 1853 (indicated by an arrow on either side of the date through 1855, then dropped from the motif), the design was unchanged until 1860. In that year Chief Engraver James B. Longacre... read more »

 

Dimes – Ten Cent Draped Bust Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Dimes – Ten Cent Draped Bust Small Eagle, 1796-1797

Description: Thomas Jefferson proposed a decimal system for U.S. coinage in 1783 partly to signify a break from Old World traditions, partly to recognize growing acceptance of that system for use in calculations. This view was promoted by Alexander... read more »

 

Dimes – Ten Cent Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle, 1798-1807

Dimes – Ten Cent Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle, 1798-1807

Description: The Mint Act of 1792 specified coins of various denominations, including “dismes” which were to be “of the value of one tenth of a dollar”. The first dimes were produced in 1786 from designs by Robert Scot,... read more »

 

Dimes – Capped Bust Dime, Large Size, 1809-1828

Dimes – Capped Bust Dime, Large Size, 1809-1828

Description: John Reich’s Capped Bust Liberty was first used on half dollars and half eagles, quarter eagles and quarter dollars, and half dimes. When Capped Bust dimes were produced, Mexican and Spanish coins were legal tender, the familiar... read more »

 

Dimes – Capped Bust Dime, Small Size, 1828-1837

Dimes – Capped Bust Dime, Small Size, 1828-1837

Description: After Robert Scot died in 1823 William Kneass became Chief Engraver. In order to meet requirements of greater coin output and a more standardized design (to help thwart counterfeiting), Kneass implemented a mechanical change in... read more »

 

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, No Obverse Stars, 1837-1838

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, No Obverse Stars, 1837-1838

Description: The portrayal of Liberty on Seated coins was favored by Mint Director Robert M. Patterson, who apparently did not like portraits on coins. This representation of Liberty was similar to the figure of Britannia used on copper English... read more »

 

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, Drapery, 1840-1860

Dimes – Liberty Seated Dime, Stars, Drapery, 1840-1860

Description: Robert Hughes, a sculptor originally from London, was hired in late 1840 to make modifications to Christian Gobrecht’s Liberty on the Seated design for half dimes, dimes, and other silver coins. Along with other changes, Hughes... read more »

 
 
 
 
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