1803 DRAPED BUST H10C, SMALL 8, LARGE EAGLE MS55
SMALL 8. MUCH RARER THAN THE LARGE 8. ONLY 2 HIGHER AT PCGS.
Introduced in 1800, the Draped Bust Half Dime with Large Eagle reverse was produced through 1805. The reason for the design change was to bring this denomination into line with the Dime and Silver Dollar, both of which switched to the Large Eagle reverse in 1798. The Dime, Quarter and Half Dollar would adopt the Large Eagle variant of the Draped Bust design during the 1801-1804 era. The rarest Half Dime of this type is the 1802 which, with only 3,060 pieces produced, is also one of the classic rarities in the entire U.S. silver coin series. Other elusive Draped Bust, Large Eagle Half Dimes are the 1803 Small 8 and, in higher grades, the final-year 1805.