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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 »

 

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 »

 
 
 
 
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