1805 DRAPED BUST 10C, 4 BERRIES, LARGE EAGLE MS66
4 BERRIES. GEM SATIN WHITE.
1805 DRAPED BUST - TYPE 2 10C
In 1805, the explorer Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, during his exploration of the land newly purchased from Napoleon, purchased nine square miles of land from the Sioux Indians. The land, at the mouth of the Minnesota River became the land used by Pike to establish Fort Snelling. This 1805 dime recalls the $2,000 spent by Pike to acquire the territory.
Beginning in 1798 and continuing through 1807, the United States Mint struck Draped Bust Dimes using a Large Eagle reverse design. The most plentiful issue from this era is the 1807, which is also popular among type collectors due to its final-year status. The rarest is the 1804, which was produced to the extent of just 8,265 pieces. The type as a whole is actually quite scarce, as all issues have original mintages of far fewer than 100,000 coins with the dual exception of the 1805 and 1807.