1842-O LIBERTY SEATED 10C, DRAPERY MS65
EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS QUALITY. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
1842 witnessed what is called the Dorr Rebellion where Thomas Dorr and a supporting militia created their own government in Rhode Island. Dorr and his followers had been pushing for a wider scope of democracy in their state, but when they were unable to get their way through political channels, they created their own government and proclaimed Dorr as governor. The rebellion led to concessions for the Dorrites but the leaders were sentenced to life in prison when the movement subsided though they were pardoned several years later. This 1842 dime recalls six weeks in which Rhode Island had two governments.