1837 LIBERTY SEATED 10C, NO STARS, LARGE DATE MS66+
LARGE DATE. SATIN GEM WITH LIGHT IRIDESCENT TONE.
NGC Graded Higher:
1837 Boston witnessed what is called the Broad Street Riots, a conflict between Irish Immigrants and American citizens. Fighting began as a group of firefighters was on its way back from putting out a fine and came across an Irish funeral procession. When one of the firefighters pushed a man in the procession, both sides joined in a massive brawl and called upon their comrades to join them. At its height, it is estimated that fifteen thousand people were involved in the melee. This 1837 dime recalls an event that was only quelled when the military was called in to march the streets.
As with the Half Dime, the first Seated Dimes produced do not display an arrangement of 13 stars around the obverse border. This is a prized design, in part because it is very similar to Christian Gobrecht's initial conceptualization of the Seated Liberty motif as embodied in the 1836 Gobrecht Dollars. Additionally, the No Stars Seated Dime is a short-lived type that was produced solely in 1837 at the Philadelphia Mint and in 1838 at the New Orleans facility.