Friday, April 13, 2012

Bust Dimes (1796 - 1837)


1829 capped bust dime
The first dime introduced for circulation was the Draped Bust Dime with Small Eagle Reverse in 1796. The design of Early Bust Dimes coincides with the Bust Half Dimes. The 1796 Draped Bust features 13 obverse stars, while the 1797 dimes have 13 or 16 obverse stars. Just like the half dimes, early dimes have no denomination present on the reverse until 1809, when the denomination first appeared on the Capped Bust design. The Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle dimes are usually found in low grades; high grades early dimes are rare.

Robert Scot's Draped Bust design appeared in 1796 on dimes, a type that had a Small Eagle Reverse for 1796-1797 and a Heraldic Eagle Reverse for 1798-1807. Examples of Draped Bust dimes with Small Eagle Reverse are very rare especially in high grades. The Heraldic Eagle design displayed the Great Seal of the United States on the reverse, known also to collectors as the Large Eagle. This eagle had a shield on its breast and holding in its beak a ribbon with E PLURIBUS UNUM inscribed on it. The eagle was holding arrows and an olive branch in its claws. The obverse depicted Liberty with flowing hair, a ribbon behind her head, and drapery covering her neckline. LIBERTY was placed above and the date below.The denomination - 10 C. - appears for the first time on dimes in 1809 on the reverse, when the Mint issued the Capped Bust dimes, a design that lasted until 1837. This time, Liberty was facing left and was surrounded by 13 stars. Similar to the half dollar design, Liberty had her hair tucked in a cap secured by a headband with the word LIBERTY on it. The reverse had a majestic eagle perched on a branch and holding arrows in its left claw. This time, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was placed on a ribbon above the eagle and not in its beak like on earlier dimes.

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