Draped Bust Dimes

 

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-97)

Although the dime is an essential part of the decimal coinage system, it was one of the last coins issued by the United States Mint when operations first began. By the time it made its debut in 1796, as the Draped Bust/Small Eagle dime, the Mint had already been making copper cents and half cents for three years; silver dollars, half dollars and half dimes for two years; and even two gold coins—the eagle and half eagle—for a year. The only other coins delayed, like the dime, until 1796, were the quarter dollar and quarter eagle.

It’s not as though the dime was an afterthought. Actually, Thomas Jefferson had called for such a coin as far back as 1783 as part of a proposed decimal system. He was joined in his advocacy by Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and the man who would become the first mint director, eminent scientist David Rittenhouse. The decimal system was gradual.... (Expand Text)

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1796 DRAPED BUST 10C, SMALL EAGLE MS63

VERY CHOICE FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. CAC.
$48,500.00

1796 DRAPED BUST 10C, SMALL EAGLE MS65

GEM FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. JUST 22,135 STRUCK.
$92,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST 10C, 16 STARS, SMALL EAGLE MS62

16 STARS. LOVELY SURFACES. JUST 4 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$39,950.00

1798 DRAPED BUST 10C, LARGE 8 MS64

LARGE 8. JR-4. WELL STRUCK. LIGHT ROSE GOLD TONING. CAC.
$87,500.00

1798/7 DRAPED BUST 10C, 16 STARS REVERSE, LARGE EAGLE MS65

SATIN WHITE. 16 STAR REVERSE. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER.
$54,500.00

1798/97 DRAPED BUST 10C, 16 STARS REVERSE MS64

16 STARS REVERSE. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$32,500.00

1798/97 DRAPED BUST 10C, 16 STARS REVERSE, LARGE EAGLE MS64

16 STARS REVERSE. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$32,500.00

1800 DRAPED BUST 10C, LARGE EAGLE MS64

FABULOUSLY PRESERVED EXAMPLE OF THIS RARITY. CAC.
$95,000.00

1801 DRAPED BUST 10C MS63

SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$115,000.00

1801 DRAPED BUST 10C, LARGE EAGLE MS62

VERY RARE. ONLY 34,640 STRUCK. TIED FOR 3RD HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

1802 DRAPED BUST 10C, LARGE EAGLE MS60

ONLY 10,975 STRUCK. MS62 IS THE HIGHEST GRADED.
$36,500.00

1803 DRAPED BUST 10C, LARGE EAGLE MS61

WONDERFUL MINT STATE EXAMPLE. ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$64,500.00

1804 DRAPED BUST 10C, 13 STARS REVERSE, LARGE EAGLE MS55

13 STARS REVERSE. TIED POGUE COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS
$189,500.00

1805 DRAPED BUST 10C, 4 BERRIES, LARGE EAGLE MS66

4 BERRIES. GEM SATIN WHITE.
$75,000.00

1805 DRAPED BUST 10C, 4 BERRIES, LARGE EAGLE MS67

*QUALITY. 4 BERRIES. GEM SURFACES WITH ELECTRIC BLUE ROSE TONING. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$129,500.00

1807 DRAPED BUST 10C, JR-1 MS65

STUNNINGLY TONED. JR-1. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$45,000.00