Draped Bust Half Dimes

Draped Bust, Small Eagle (1796-1797)


One of the first acts of a sovereign nation has always been to establish a system of currency for use in commercial transactions. In the fledgling United States this was doubly important. Although the accepted standard of value was the Spanish silver dollar and its fractional pieces of eight, English coins of pounds, shillings and pence also were in use throughout the young nation. Efficient trade was hampered at every turn, particularly between the states, as each valued the Spanish coins differently in relation to English issues. By the end of the 1780s, much discussion ensued concerning the necessity and structure of a reliable, non-fluctuating system of coinage.

Thomas Jefferson, along with Alexander Hamilton and financier Robert Morris, had long advocated the use of the decimal system. Introduced by the Dutch inventor Simon Stevin van Brugghe, it used whole numbers to describe fractions and was tr.... (Expand Text)

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1796 DRAPED BUST H10C, LIKERTY MS64+

LIKERTY VARIETY. WELL STRUCK, GEM SURFACES. ONLY 1 HIGHER.
$52,500.00

1796/5 DRAPED BUST H10C, SMALL EAGLE MS63

EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS HIGH A GRADED. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER.
$39,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 13 STARS, SMALL EAGLE MS53

13 STARS. RAREST OF ALL 1797 HALF DIMES.
$35,000.00

1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 15 STARS, SMALL EAGLE MS65

15 STARS. LM-1. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED BY NGC.
$82,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 16 STARS, SMALL EAGLE MS65

GEM SATIN WHITE. 16 STARS. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$82,500.00

1797 DRAPED BUST H10C, 16 STARS, SMALL EAGLE MS65

16 STARS. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$82,500.00

1800 DRAPED BUST H10C, LARGE EAGLE MS64

ONLY 40,000 STRUCK. LOVELY IRIDESCENT TONING.
$24,950.00

1800 DRAPED BUST H10C, LIBEKTY, LARGE EAGLE MS64

LIKERTY VARIETY. JUST 5 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$39,950.00

1802 DRAPED BUST H10C, LARGE EAGLE AU50

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC. ONLY 3,060 STRUCK.
$349,500.00

1803 DRAPED BUST H10C, SMALL 8, LARGE EAGLE MS55

SMALL 8. MUCH RARER THAN THE LARGE 8. ONLY 2 HIGHER AT PCGS.
$29,500.00