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DRAPED BUST DIMES (1796-1807)

      

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Although U.S. federal coinage began in 1793, it wasn't until 1796 that the Dime denomination was introduced. U.S. Mint engraver Robert Scot was responsible for the Draped Bust Dime designs of 1796 to 1807. The Plain Eagle reverse type was replaced with an Eagle with a Shield in 1798. The obverse depiction of Liberty was based on a Gilbert Stuart portrait drawing of Liberty, a design introduced on the 1795 Silver Dollar. No Dimes were struck in 1806 or 1808. In 1809 the design of the dime was changed.  (Contributed by Richard Giedroyc)

PLAIN EAGLE DIMES (1796-1797)

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1796

22,135

0

First year of the type and entire denomination.

1797

25,261

0

Found with 13 and 16 Stars on the obverse

1807 Draped Bust Dime Obverse      1807 Draped Bust Dime Reverse

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EAGLE WITH SHIELD DIMES (1798-1807)
 

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1798

27,550

0

 

1800

21,760

0

 

1801

34,640

0

 

1802

10,975

0

 

1803

33,040

0

 

1804

8,265

0

  

1805

120,780

0

 

1807

165,000

0

Last year of the Draped Bust type