In 1844, the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, nine years after the area declared independence from Mexico. The US waited so long in annexing the area as they wished to avoid provoking war with Mexico. Sure enough, even after nine years, the annexation was not seen favorably in Mexico and was one of the factors leading to the outbreak of the Mexican-American War in 1846. This 1844 dime recalls the establishment of the state of Texas.
The Stars Obverse Seated Dime spans two noncontiguous time periods: 1838-1852 and 1856-1859. Those proofs struck during the first period are rarer, as they were produced in very limited numbers. The proof Dimes from the 1856-1859, however, are still scarce-to-rare in their own right. These later issues either have limited mintages, or saw limited distribution in the early days of the Mint's attempt to gain widespread collector acceptance for its proof coinage program.